Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

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

The PMHNP 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).

Learn more about this career path in a episode of our Nightintales podcast


Course requirements:  52 credits
Master's core courses: 12 credits

*The equivalent of one full time year of RN experience in a psychiatric mental health setting is required prior to the start of the clinical course sequence.

Course Title Credits
Master's core courses: 12 credits
NUR 6510 Health Systems, Health Policy, and Ethics for Advanced Practice-APN I 3
NUR 7000 Statistics in Nursing 3
NUR 8625 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theoretical & Methodological Issues 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Cognates: 12 credits
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across Lifespan 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NUR 7615 Psychopathology and Therapeutic Frameworks across the lifespan for PMHMP 2
NUR 7625 Psychopharmacology 2
NUR 7650 Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 1
Clinical course sequence: 28 credits
NUR 7030 Advanced  Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7885  Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals/Communities for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 8
NUR 7900  Advanced Practice Nursing with Groups for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 8
NUR 7910 Advanced Practice Nursing with Families for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 8

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

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