M.S. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Hybrid)


Care for patients in all areas of psychiatric mental health in USJ’s PMHNP Program

USJ’s graduate Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares you for advanced practice and board certification that will allow you to care for patients across the lifespan.

Students that earn an RN in our PMHNP program manage care for patients in all areas and phases of psychiatric mental health treatment and make a positive impact in their community. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Salaries average $106,033 according to AANP’s 2015 National Compensation Survey of more than 2,200 NPs. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification requirements are included in the curriculum link below.

Program Curriculum

Program Benefits

  • Designed to be completed over seven consecutive semesters in a cohort model.
  • Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • Clinical learning experiences occur at a variety of health care agencies.
  • Prepares you for leadership and change-agent roles in health promotion and therapeutic clinical practice.
  • Teaches you to administer, consult, educate, and research as part of the advanced practice role in Nursing.
  • Graduates are employed in a variety of areas, including inpatient and outpatient settings, intensive outpatient facilities, private practice, and community health clinics.
  • You will complete a comprehensive exam in your final year as a requirement of the program.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Acceptance into the program is highly competitive
  • Applications are reviewed twice a year. All application materials should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by October 1 for application review for admission the following spring, and by March 1 for application review for admission the following fall
  • Admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  • A current resume
  • An official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally and nationally accredited Nursing institution, as well as transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
  • A current Registered Nurse license from the state in which clinical work will be completed
  • Essay: Discuss your goals for completing a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Please use APA formatting for your essay. The essay should not exceed two pages
  • Two letters from professionals attesting to the candidate’s intellectual, clinical, and leadership abilities to pursue graduate work at the University of Saint Joseph. Letters should be from clinical supervisors or managers, and academic faculty
  • An interview with the graduate faculty prior to acceptance into the program
  • All immunization records as required by the University and Department of Nursing
  • Upon formal admission, a certified background check is required
  • Malpractice insurance: Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, at the Student APRN level, prior to the start of clinical coursework


The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, The Doctor of N Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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