As an MSN PMHNP student, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of online coursework that fits your schedule. Gain confidence as a provider through hands-on clinical experience with your preceptor and through telehealth delivery to patients in rural areas.
Upon program completion, you will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP exam. Our graduates practice in diverse settings, including nurse-managed clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, home health, private psychiatric practices, addiction centers, general ambulatory clinics, and schools.
The MSN-PMHNP program is a total of 47 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and all didactic coursework is online, in distance format.
- NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing
- NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
- NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
- NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
- NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
- NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing A
- NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
- NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research B
- NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
- NURS 761 - Neuroscientific Basis of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Treatment
- NURS 763 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum I: Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
- NURS 764 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
- NURS 768 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical and Role Transition
- NURS 768A - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development*
Total 47 credits / 672 direct clinical hours
+on campus immersion
*course requires clinical hours
Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts from all colleges
or universities attended must be submitted, whether you received a degree or not.
Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes
will not be considered a competitive applicant.
- Minimum of 2400 hours of nursing experience within the past 24 months. This includes full time or part time nursing experience. Preferred clinical experience in psych or related field.
- Submit a personal statement
- Current CV or Resume
- Three professional references - The professional recommendation form should come from individuals with a master's or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be used in lieu of our recommendation form.) Recommendations from family members are not appropriate.
- Copy of unencumbered RN license
- Current BLS certification
- GRE not required
If applying for a graduate program with a summer 2024 start, please submit via Summer 2024 application.
Official transcripts must be sent to The Graduate School. Review the degree requirements before you apply.
The MSN, PMHNP program accepts students for fall entry.
Admission cycle for fall entry:
- Application opens: November 1
- Early decision deadline: January 15
- Priority decision deadline: March 1
- Final decision deadline: May 1
MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view:Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2023-2024
Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
View our video Information Session with graduate program faculty and staff.
Meet the Program Directors
PMHNP Program Co-Director
Beverly Baliko, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
PMHNP Program Co-Director
Rachel S. Bush, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MDiv, LPC