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

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

USJ’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.)-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice and board certification. Focusing on evidence-based practice and hands-on clinical training, the PMHNP program increases your competencies in delivering psychiatric mental health care to populations across the lifespan and empowers you to make a positive impact in your community.

Providing weekly courses, USJ’s M.S.-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree program enables you to balance your work schedule and your school commitments.

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Program Facts

  • Flexible Program Length – 8 semesters up to six years
  • Part-time and hybrid format
  • Advanced Clinical Learning Experience
  • CCNE Accreditation
  • Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing – PMHNP Program Outcomes

Upon completion of USJ’s Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree, you gain the confidence and ability to:

Master of Science in Nursing – PMHNP

Course Schedule

At USJ, we recognize that many of our students are working nurses who have busy work schedules. Our part-time plans of study are designed with two courses per semester and both courses are held on one day per week. Students starting our program in the fall will have classes on Thursdays and students starting our program in the spring will have classes on Tuesdays.

 

Clinical Practice

During the M.S.-PMHNP program, you can acquire hands-on clinical experience and practice assessing, diagnosing, and treating in various health care settings. Through the clinical practicum, you also strengthen your skills in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing. Working alongside other experienced health care professionals, you learn to work as an integral part of the health care team and develop your leadership potential.

Accreditation

The master’s degree in nursing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at the University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Curriculum

The robust M.S.-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of key areas in advanced practice nursing such as population health, person-centered care, informatics, and health care technologies.

With 30 credits of core courses and 23 credits of PMHNP concentration courses, the PMHNP program curriculum enables you to administer, consult, educate, and research as part of the advanced practice role in nursing. You are also prepared for leadership and change-agent roles in health promotion and therapeutic clinical practice.

Emphasizing hands-on clinical training, the M.S.-PMHNP program curriculum encompasses 750 direct patient care hours with a variety of health care agencies. Students are prepared for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination upon graduation.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program curriculum.

Career Outlook

By completing the Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree, you are well equipped with the advanced nursing knowledge to elevate your career and increase your earning potential.

You are ready to provide high-quality psychiatric mental health care to patients of all ages with confidence in various health care settings including inpatient and outpatient settings, long-term care facilities, and community health care clinics.

Graduates of the PMHNP program are entering a fast-growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are in high demand. Advanced practice registered nurse roles including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are projected to grow by 45% through 2030. As an APRN/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a median annual salary of $117,670, which is 56% higher than RNs with a bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications to the M.S.-PMHNP program are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please submit your application and required documents to the Graduate Admissions Office by:

November 1st for the following spring term
April 1st for the following fall term

Apply to USJ’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program!

USJ’s Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed for working nurses who are ready to take leadership nursing roles and achieve career advancement. Apply to the M.S.-PMHNP program today to increase your competencies in diagnosing, assessing, and treating patients across the lifespan.

Questions?

Contact:
Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN 
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Graduate Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5258

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