Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN

Significant advancements have been made in recent years in our understanding of neuroscience and human behavior and the effective treatment and prevention of mental illness. Yet, despite this progress, mental health issues are often minimized, mishandled, and insufficiently treated, shrouded in fear and shame. There is disparity in treatment across many populations, and a critical shortage of skilled mental health professionals that limits the ability of patients to get the care they so deeply need. Confounding this is a lack of diversity among health care providers who may not adequately understand cultural barriers to seeking care. This is something we are striving to change.

In our program, you’ll benefit from a holistic approach that blends neuroscience with psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. You’ll work alongside faculty and mentors to advocate treatment of the whole person, blending mind and body in the context of the patient’s psychosocial environment.  You’ll learn biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis as well as medication management, all while deepening your skills in psychotherapy, including therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, group/family therapy, and more.

We use a three-semester clinical practicum, with the program placing students in settings that allow for exposure to a variety of psychiatric populations. Onsite preceptors will supervise your work, and you’ll share experiences with other students through weekly small group seminars on campus.


A total of 14 course units are required. We also provide plans of study for full time students and part time students.

Core Courses
NURS 608Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 624Pathogenesis of Mental Disorderrs and Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan1
NURS 656Professional Role Issues for Nurse Practitioners1
NURS 657Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making1
NURS 607Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology1
or NURS 685 Advanced Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 547Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice1
or NURS 637 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Theory Courses
NURS 526Child and Adolescent Mental Health1
NURS 532Cognitive Behavior Strategies in Health Care1
NURS 625Clinical Modalities Across the Life Cycle in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing1
NURS 626Family and Organizational Systems Across the Life Span1
NURS 628Mental Health and Aging1
Clinical Courses
NURS 705Advanced Practice Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health NP I1
NURS 706Advanced Practice Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health NP II1
NURS 707Advanced Practice Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health NP III1
Total Course Units14

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.