Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Associate’s Degree in Nursing to MSN program offers associate degree nurses an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Sample Curriculum Grid (PDF)

The Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Major at Otterbein offers the following advantages:

  • Online-coursework
  • Clinical experiences in your community
  • Part-time option
  • Small class sizes
  • Expert, caring faculty
  • Graduate-level courses early in the program

Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Applications for admission will be reviewed once per year by the Nursing Admissions 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.

Admission Criteria

  1. Associate’s degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  2. A current valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse where you will do your clinical experiences.In addition, an applicant must not have had a previous revocation, denial, suspension, or restriction of their license from any state or country.
  3. Demonstrate that the following prerequisite courses have been completed with a grade of C or better prior to the application deadline.
    • Composition & Literature (2 courses)
    • Chemistry 1
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Anthropology/Sociology (either course)
    • Statistics
  4. Minimum of one (1) year paid clinical work experience within the past three years as a Registered Nurse before the application deadline, documented on the submitted resume. Clinical work experience must include direct care in a public health, community, hospital, or ambulatory care setting that serves patients across the life span.
  5. Evidence of capacity for graduate study.
    • A blended cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work on the submitted transcripts;
    • A Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale comprising grades in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, statistics, and chemistry courses.
    • Positive professional recommendations.
  6. Ability to articulate one’s professional goals, evidenced by the Admission Essay and faculty interview, with applicant’s goals congruent with the objectives and resources of the Otterbein University Department of Nursing. The essay should:
    • summarize the applicant’s professional background;
    • describe the role of the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinical areas of interest;
    • discuss professional and career goals, and how these goals can be achieved in the educational program, including the applicant’s ideas for the final scholarly project; and
    • describe past experiences and reflections that have influenced these goals.

The essay should be carefully planned, written, and edited by the applicant.

After review of the written materials, a selected pool of applicants will be required to participate in an interview with the Graduate Nursing Programs Recruiter.

The following experiences are not criteria for selection, but are highly recommended:

  1. Demonstrated facility with computer-based office productivity tools, including word processing, electronic mail, and spreadsheet manipulation. This may be achieved by completing one or more of several online tutorials and face-to-face workshops; and
  2. Demonstrated facility with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka APA style). This may be achieved by taking one of several available tutorials, including the APA Tutorial available at the APA Website.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application and include your State of Ohio RN License Number. Indicate Fall Semester 2019 start date.
  2. Submit to the following documents, preferably as an MS Word or a PDF file:
    • A resume with all professional experience documented. Also include leadership activities, scholastic awards, nursing organizational memberships, and community service, as applicable.
    • The Admission Essay.
  3. Request from all institutions of higher education where you have earned credit, irrespective of number of courses taken, that an individual, official transcript be sent to The Graduate School, Otterbein University. They may be sent directly from the institution electronically to
  4. Please give an Otterbein University Graduate Nursing Recommendation Form to three individuals that can support your application to pursue graduate studies. Please choose a clinical supervisor, a peer (RN), and another clinician to complete and submit this form. You will complete the front of the form; your recommender will complete the back. Otterbein University reserves the right to contact persons providing recommendations and to contact a recommender to acknowledge receipt of a recommendation. Recommenders should email the form (required) and letter (optional) to

Students must submit documentation of meeting health requirements – including completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) curriculum – prior to starting classes, and must submit documentation of keeping health requirements current throughout their course of study.

Curriculum Requirements

Total of 11 undergraduate and 51 graduate credit hours. All courses are required.

Note: A minimum grade of B– is required in all courses. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 throughout the program.

Transition Courses
INST 220x 3 hrs Philosophy
(2201, 2202, 2203, 2204, or 2205)
NURS 3000 3 hrs Theoretical & Evidence-Based Foundations in Nursing
NURS 3500 5 hrs Professional Nursing Practice with Communities
Advanced Practice Core Courses
NURS 6810 3 hrs Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NURS 6820 3 hrs Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NURS 6830 3 hrs Advanced Physical & Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Master’s Degree Core Courses
NURS 5210 3 hrs Epidemiology
NURS 5220 3 hrs Leadership & Advocacy in Policy
NURS 5230 3 hrs Informatics & Evidence-Based Practice
Psychiatric & Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses
NURS 7310 3 hrs Psychopharmacology & Prescribing
NURS 7320 3 hrs Neurobiology & Psychopathology
NURS 7330 3 hrs Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Adults
NURS 7340 3 hrs Systems Interventions: Individuals & Families
NURS 7350 3 hrs Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Children
NURS 7410 4 hrs Advanced Practice Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing: The Role in Health Delivery & Promotion
NURS 7420 3 hrs Clinical Psychiatric Internship I
NURS 7430 6 hrs Clinical Psychiatric Internship II
NURS 7440 5 hrs Clinical Psychiatric Internship III

Transition Courses

ADN to MSN students must take undergraduate-level transition courses that can be taken prior to matriculation but must be completed prior to starting graduate-level courses.

  • NURS 3000 OL Theoretical & Evidence Based Foundation in Nursing
  • NURS 3500 OL Community Health Nursing
  • INST 220X Philosophy. Nursing students must take INST 2201, 2202, 2203, 2204, or 2205 only.

Financial Aid Information for ADN to MSN Majors

Because students in the ADN to MSN majors take undergraduate-level courses and graduate-level courses, all applicants to the ADN to MSN majors must speak with a financial aid counselor. After you complete the FAFSA form online, call to set up an appointment at 614-823-1502. Students seeking undergraduate financial aid must take 6 credit-hours per semester to qualify. For example taking one of the following INST 2201, 2202, 2203, 2204, or 2205 course for 3 credit hours along with NURS 3000 for 3 credit hours together for 6 credit hours total.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Tuition Estimates

The following fees are for tuition only. Additional lab, resource, and technology fees can be found on the fee schedule on the Business Office websiteAcceptance deposit fees that are credited towards tuition are: Nurse Anesthesia $1,000; all other degrees and certificates $500. Costs subject to slight increases each academic year.

Graduate Nursing Program MSN Tuition Estimate DNP Tuition Estimate
Family Nurse Practitioner, BSN to MSN/DNP $28,191 $46,989
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, BSN to MSN/DNP $36,144 $54,942
Nurse Anesthesia (Click here for more cost info for the NA major) $104,350
Master’s Degree to DNP
Advanced Practice Nurse Focus $23,136
Nurse Executive Focus $23,136
Post-Master’s Certificate
Family Nurse Practitioner $22,407
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $29,637
Graduate Nursing Tuition Fees per Credit Hour
5000- and 6000-Level Courses $650 per cr hr
7200-, 7300-, 7400-, 7500-, 7900-, and 8000-Level Courses $750 per cr hr
7600-, 7700-, and 7800-Level Courses $1,300 per cr hr


Payment Options

To help you manage your graduate school expenses Otterbein offers the ePay payment system and resources you may research for scholarship opportunities (see non-Otterbein Sources of Aid below). We recommend that you speak with the graduate financial aid counselor at 614-823-1379. See the Business Office site for information about ePay.

Graduate Nursing Financial Aid Options

Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of scholarships and loans.

Non-Otterbein Sources of Aid

National Scholarship Opportunities

Ohio Scholarship Opportunities

Loan Repayment Opportunities

Otterbein Financial Aid

For information about financial aid available from Otterbein, see the Office of Financial Aid site.

Application Deadlines

Program of Study Annual Deadline Starting Term
Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Rolling* until April 1st Summer
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Rolling* until April 1st Summer
Master’s Degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice
Advanced Practice Focus
Nurse Executive Focus
Rolling* until April 1st Summer
Nurse Anesthesia
BSN to DNP August 1st Summer (yearly)
Associate’s Degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice, MSN Included
Family Nurse Practitioner, Associate’s Degree to DNP
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Associate’s Degree to DNP
Not accepting applications at this time.

*Rolling – Application decisions will be made monthly, while seats remain available.