Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Advanced Practice Nursing

BSN-to-DNP, MSN included

The PMHNP major of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares the graduate to work as an advanced practice nurse. The coursework prepares the student to sit for a national certification exam the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to become a psychiatric / mental health nurse practitioner.

Our curriculum, beginning summer semester each year, is designed as an online program allowing you to study and participate in clinical experiences in your location. The clinical component comprises courses in wellness, therapy, and diagnosis and management of mental illness across the lifespan in outpatient and inpatient settings. Clinical courses are precepted by a practicing mental health professional in your community, arranged by the student. Upon successful completion of the requirements for certification, the Master of Science in Nursing degree is awarded to enable you to take the certification exam and begin working as an advanced practice nurse before you complete your doctorate. Then in the final year, you complete your final scholarly project prior to being awarded the Doctor of Nursing practice degree.

Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Applications for admission will be reviewed once per year by the Nursing Admission Review Committee. The most qualified applicants will be selected on a space-available basis. It may be necessary for some students to take undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites of selected graduate courses.

Candidates that do not meet all the admission criteria, but who wish to be considered for admission must submit a petition requesting special consideration along with their application materials.

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