Students who pursue the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MS(N) will be prepared to deliver evidence based advanced primary mental health care to individuals of all ages (e.g., children, adolescents, adults) and their families in a variety of healthcare settings, including in rural and underserved populations. The student will engage in independent and interdependent decision-making, managing psychotropic medications, and delivering psychotherapeutic, and psychoeducation interventions. In addition, graduates will be prepared to manage clinical efforts in the primary care setting, provide visionary leadership, and implement evidence-based practice
The MS(N) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The specialty courses focus on care of the individual and the family, with a special emphasis on the rural and underserved, utilizing evidence practice guidelines.
Plan of Study
View the MS(N) sample plan of study. Once you are admitted to the program, an advisor will work with you to develop a specific plan for your degree completion.
Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). Students who have completed a master’s degree in Nursing in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.