Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P-MHNP)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P-MHNP) clinical specialty prepares students in biological, neurological, pharmacological and physiological domains and trains them to conduct comprehensive assessments and use a range of psychobiological interventions. 

The P-MHNP clinical specialty course sequence focuses on psychiatric assessment, triage, and crisis intervention; biopsychological models of mental health and illness; theory and practice with individual interest (such as addictions, eating and sleep disorders, gender issues, HIV/AIDS, major psychiatric illnesses, violence) and with clinical populations of interest. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health NP certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Umeika Stephens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
244 Cohn


Course requirements:  53 credits
Master's core courses: 13 credits

Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Systems, Health Policy, and Ethics for Advanced Practice-APN I 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Cognates: 18 credits
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across Lifespan 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NUR 7605 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 5
NUR 7865 Complementary & Alternative Medicine Therapies: Use in Professional Nursing Practice 3
SW 6540 Effects of Drugs & Alcohol: Social & Physical Function 3
Clinical course sequence: 22 credits
NUR 7030 Advanced  Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7840 Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals/Communities 6
NUR 7855 Advanced Practice Nursing with Groups 6
NUR 7860 Advanced Practice Nursing with Families 6