Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Provide Clinical Mental Healthcare.

Online or Limited-Residency | 16 Months-2 Years | 4 Program Options

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Program Options

Clinical Contact Hours


Online (PMHNPC only)



Accelerated Program

Our program develops clinicians who manage the care of patients and participate in system change. This is done by identifying best practices in the psychiatric and mental healthcare of the individual across the lifespan. Graduates will increase their contribution to healthcare through the knowledge and skills developed in this program.

Prepare for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam & Licensure

Become a practicing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After graduating from our certificate program you are eligible to take the ANCC national certification exam to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Then you will be able to apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing as a PMHNP.

Designed for Practicing NPs and Practicing RNs with an MSN

Our program is specifically designed for post-graduate nurses or nurses who have completed a master’s degree. We help post-graduate nurses develop expertise in mental health to expand their practice. Keep caring for your patients and living in your current location while you earn your next certification. Our online program is designed for the busy post-graduate nurse who is ready to make an even greater impact in your clinic or practice setting. Nurses with a BSN can pursue a PMHNP through our MSN/PMHNP program that empowers you to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner while gaining a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN).

540 Clinical Contact Hours

Gain the hands-on experience you need. You will complete at least 540 clinical contact hours to earn your PMHNP. Fulfill the clinical components of the program in your local community. Feel confident to practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

3 Start Dates Each Year

Start your PMHNP program when it works best for your schedule. Begin in winter (January), summer (May), or fall semester (August).




Nurses with a BSN can prepare for a career as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner while earning their MSN. In less than two years (5 semesters), you’ll earn both credentials, and be able to begin your career as a nurse practitioner.



Registered nurses with a BSN can take their education even further through our MSN track that prepares students to work as an FNP and a PMHNP. In 6 semesters, or 2 years (1080 clinical contact hours), you’ll earn your MSN and gain the ultimate clinical flexibility through a study of both the mind and the body.


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Nurses who already have an MSN can pursue standalone certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In only four semesters, including  at least 540 clinical contact hours, you will be prepared to provide critical mental healthcare to patients in need.



Dual FNP/PMHNP Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Treat every aspect of patient wellness through this dual certification option. Over the course of five semesters (1080 clinical contact hours), you’ll learn to care for the mind and the body and equip your career with uncommon flexibility.


Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare to be the best Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Be a part of the solution to the mental health crisis; offer the care your patients need.

A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner meets with a male patient in a clinic

Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis

Learn to accurately assess psychiatric symptoms, from the history of present illness to a detailed mental status exam. Clarify the diagnosis and develop a detailed, evidence-based treatment plan. Focus on advanced psychiatric assessment, like mental status exams, psychiatric review of symptoms, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy.


Explore the theoretical foundations of psychotherapy and strategies to implement evidence-based therapeutic modalities.


Take courses in pharmacology and psychopharmacology. Learn how to prescribe and monitor psychopharmaceutical and therapeutic agents. Integrate evidence-based prescribing into your practice.

Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health

Apply knowledge of advanced health assessment, psychopathophysiology, psychopharmacotherapeutics, and psychotherapeutic modalities in clinical settings. Focus on children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Learn differential diagnoses and treatment plans that include genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences, as well as laboratory findings and diagnostic studies. Effectively implement strategies and interventions.

Nurse Practitioner Core

Complete the NP core during the PMHNP program. Learn through separate courses in advanced practice roles, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology.


Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 4, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022


MSN Requirements

  • BSN degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least one year of clinical experience preferred (required for PMHNP)
  • A current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence

Post Master’s Certificate Requirements

  • Master’s (or higher) degree in nursing from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least one year of clinical experience required
  • Current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence

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Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway


Dean of College of Nursing

Kevin Ballard

Kevin Ballard


DNP & FNP Program Director

Allyce K. Jones

Allyce K. Jones


PMHNP Program Director

Kristina Davis

Kristina Davis


ENP Program Director


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