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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner OverviewPsychiatric Nurse Practitioner – PMHNP

  • What You Will Do: Diagnose mental illnesses, prescribe psychiatric medication, provide counseling and psychotherapy, work with a larger healthcare team
  • Where Will You Work: Private mental health clinics, university counseling services, community health clinics, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units, correctional facilities
  • Employment Projections: The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 31 percent growth for NP roles between 2016 and 2026. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) profession is included in this estimate.
  • How Much Will I Earn: PMHNPs have a competitive salary typically making between $90,000 and $117,000.
  • Number of Programs: There are 123 PMHNP programs in the U.S.
  • How Long Does It Take to Become an PMHNP: Depending on the program you choose becoming a PMHNP will take 2 to 3 years.
  • Requirements to Become One: You will need a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in nursing, RN and NP licensure in your state, as well as national certification as an NP.

Eight Steps to Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Earn Your RN – Complete an RN or BSN program from an ACEN or CCNE accredited university. See our BSN guide for more detail!
  • Pass The NCLEX-RN Exam – Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is crucial. By using strategic studying and taking practice exams you can pass it on the first try. Our NCLEX-RN guide and practice tests can help you.
  • Earn Your MSN – You will take classes in psychopharmacology, psychiatric and mental health nursing theory, research, pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment and more.
  • Complete Supervised Clinical Hours – You must finish 500 supervised clinical hours during your PMHNP program.
  • Become Board Certified – Pass the exam administered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to become a certified PMHNP.
  • Obtain Licensure – Apply for state licensure as an NP.
  • Obtain a DEA Number – DEA registration is required to prescribe medication.
  • Maintain Active Certification and Licensure –100 continuing education (CE) hours and 1,000 hours of clinical practice are required. You must also keep active BLS, DEA, and RN licenses.

What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?

PMHNPs are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) that provide mental health care for people. As a PMHNP you will assess, diagnose and treat people with mental illnesses. According to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association some of your duties may include providing individual or group counseling, or prescribing psychiatric medications. You can work with people throughout their lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

How Do I Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?

To become a PMHNP you will need a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. Whether you are already an RN or not there are ways for you to become a PMHNP.

  • BSN to MSN: If you are already an RN with a BSN you can do a master’s in nursing program in 2 years.
  • Bachelors to MSN: If you are not a nurse but have a bachelor’s degree in any field you can do a Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing program. If you have a bachelors in something other than nursing you complete a Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing program. To enter one of these programs you will have to complete the pre-requisite nursing courses that will include various biology and chemistry courses as well as anatomy and physiology and more. A Direct Entry Master’s program will take around 2 to 3 years.
  • BSN to DNP: A doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) will give you both an MSN and DNP degree after about 4 years. This degree will prepare you to use evidence based research to guide your clinical practice.
  • MSN to DNP: Obtaining a DNP degree will take around 2 to 3 years if you already have a master’s in nursing.

Certification and Licensure: Certification is used to make sure that you meet the qualifications to care for your designated population. By passing the PMHNP exam through the ANCC you can become a certified PMHNP. You will need to renew your certification every 5 years by meeting the 1,000 clinical hour and 100 CE hours requirements. Once certified you can get licensed through your state’s board of nursing (BON). This means that you will be legally allowed practice as an PMHNP in your state. Your state’s board of nursing (BON) will grant you licensure after you complete the application process. This enables you to practice legally in your state. You will have to submit transcripts from your PMHNP program as well as a fee and proof of RN licensure and national certification.

Where Do PMHNPs Typically Work?

PMHNPs can work in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings. This can be a psychiatric hospital, a private practice, community health clinics, universities, or even prisons. There are many settings where you can choose to work which means that you can change your career focus if you wish to.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary Expectation

Your salary is dependent on the state and city where you practice as well as your experience and practice setting. In general, the median salary for all NPs is $104,610 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary range for PMHNPs can vary from about $90,000 to $117,000 per year. Certain settings such as private practices will pay you more than community health settings, however there are other financial benefits to working with medically underserved populations. The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is a great service that will help you pay off your loans if you work in medically underserved areas. You may also be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and/or Perkins Loan Forgiveness. You can also expect your salary to increase as you gain experience.

Online PMHNP Programs

For many busy professionals pursuing an advanced degree can have many barriers. Online PMHNP programs make this profession more accessible to everyone. With an online PMHNP program you will be able to complete your coursework online in your own time and do clinical hours close to your home. You may only need to go to campus a couple times a year, if at all. These programs allow you to balance all the priorities in your life with a little less stress. The University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri McNeese State University in Louisiana, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of South Alabama offer online PMHNP programs.

What is a Typical PMHNP Curriculum?

Each university will have a little variety in their curriculum. In general, you can expect to take courses similar to what is offered at Vanderbilt University:

  • Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Neuroscience for Mental Health Practitioners
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Theory
  • Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

The Role of the PMHNP in the Mental Healthcare Provider Shortage

Like with all nursing specialties, there is a shortage of psychiatric specialists. This means that the job outlook for PMHNPs is good. Additionally, as the public gains more awareness of mental health needs in the country, the role of the PMHNP could continue to become more essential in filling the mental healthcare provider gap. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more people have gained access to insurance. This has increased the need for all primary healthcare providers. PMHNPs offer a cost-effective solution to filling the gap in mental healthcare providers.

Number of PMHNP Programs in the United States

In the U.S. there are 123 PMHNP programs with 4 fully online programs at the University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri McNeese State University in Louisiana, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of South Alabama

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Resources

Campus and Online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at a Glance

Accredited

  • AANP Accredited: 112

Offered As

  • Online: 27
  • Campus: 33
  • Hybrid: 207

Degree Type

  • Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate of Nursing: 52
  • Master's: 86
  • Post Master's: 77
  • Post-Master's Doctorate of Nursing: 52

Alabama

University of South Alabama

  • 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL - 36688-0002
  • 251-460-6101

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, AL - 35294-0110
  • 205-934-4011

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage

  • 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK - 99508
  • 907-786-1800

Arizona

University of Arizona

  • 1401 E University, Tucson, AZ - 85721-0066
  • 520-621-2211

Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix

  • 411 N Central Avenue - Ste 520, Phoenix, AZ - 85004
  • 602-496-4636

Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • 4301 W Markham, Little Rock, AR - 72205-7199
  • 501-296-1275

California

California State University-San Marcos

  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA - 92096-0001
  • 760-750-4000

Brandman University

  • 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA - 92618
  • 949-341-9800

University of San Diego

  • 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA - 92110-2492
  • 619-260-4600

Loma Linda University

  • 11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA - 92350
  • 909-558-1000

California State University-Long Beach

  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA - 90840-0115
  • 562-985-4111

California State University-Los Angeles

  • 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA - 90032
  • 323-343-3000

Azusa Pacific University

  • 901 E Alosta, Azusa, CA - 91702-7000
  • 626-969-3434

Minnesota

The College of Saint Scholastica

  • 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN - 55811-4199
  • 218-723-6000

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • 100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN - 55455-0213
  • 612-625-5000

Connecticut

Fairfield University

  • 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT - 06824-5195
  • 203-254-4000

Delaware

University of Delaware

  • 104 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE - 19716
  • 302-831-2000

Florida

University of Miami

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - 33146
  • 305-284-2211

Jacksonville University

  • 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL - 32211-3394
  • 904-256-8000

Georgia

Valdosta State University

  • 1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA - 31698
  • 229-333-5800

Georgia State University

  • 33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA - 30303-3083
  • 404-413-2000

Idaho

Idaho State University

  • 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID - 83209
  • 208-282-2700

Illinois

University of St Francis

  • 500 N Wilcox St, Joliet, IL - 60435-6188
  • 815-740-3360

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

  • 511 NE Greenleaf St, Peoria, IL - 61603-3783
  • 309-655-2201

Indiana

University of Southern Indiana

  • 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN - 47712
  • 812-464-8600

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

  • 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN - 46202-5143
  • 317-274-5555

Iowa

University of Iowa

  • 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA - 52242-1316
  • 319-335-3500

Allen College

  • 1990 Heath St, Waterloo, IA - 50703-1999
  • 319-226-2000

Kansas

Washburn University

  • 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, KS - 66621-0001
  • 785-670-1010

Wichita State University

  • 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS - 67260-0124
  • 316-978-3456

University of Kansas

  • Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS - 66045
  • 785-864-2700

Kentucky

Western Kentucky University

  • 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY - 42101-1000
  • 270-745-0111

Northern Kentucky University

  • Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY - 41099
  • 859-572-5100

University of Louisville

  • 2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY - 40292-0001
  • 502-852-5555

University of Kentucky

  • South Limestone, Lexington, KY - 40506-0032
  • 859-257-9000

Eastern Kentucky University

  • 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY - 40475-3102
  • 859-622-1000

Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • 104 University Circle, Lafayette, LA - 70503
  • 377-482-1000

Southeastern Louisiana University

  • 548 Ned McGehee Ave., Hammond, LA - 70402
  • 985-549-2000

McNeese State University

  • 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA - 70605
  • 337-475-5000

Nicholls State University

  • University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, LA - 70310
  • 877-642-4655

Massachusetts

Regis College

  • 235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA - 02493-1571
  • 781-768-7000

Northeastern University

  • 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA - 02115-5005
  • 617-373-2000

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA - 1003
  • 413-545-0111

Boston College

  • 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA - 2467
  • 617-552-8000

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

  • 3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD - 21218-2688
  • 410-516-8000

University of Maryland-Baltimore

  • 620 West Lexington St, Baltimore, MD - 21201-1627
  • 410-706-3100

Maine

University of Southern Maine

  • 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME - 4103
  • 207-780-4141

Michigan

Wayne State University

  • 656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI - 48202
  • 313-577-2424

University of Michigan-Flint

  • 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI - 48502-1950
  • 810-762-3000

Missouri

Saint Louis University-Main Campus

  • One Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO - 63103-2097
  • 314-977-2222

University of Missouri-Columbia

  • 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO - 65211
  • 573-882-2121

University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO - 64110
  • 816-235-1000

University of Missouri-St Louis

  • One University Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO - 63121-4400
  • 314-516-5000

Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS - 39406-0001
  • 601-266-1000

Delta State University

  • Hwy 8 West, Cleveland, MS - 38733
  • 662-846-3000

Alcorn State University

  • 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS - 39096-7500
  • 601-877-6100

University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS - 39216-4505
  • 601-984-1000

Montana

Montana State University

  • Montana State University, Bozeman, MT - 59717
  • 406-994-0211

Nebraska

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr, Omaha, NE - 68198-7815
  • 402-559-4000

Nevada

University of Nevada-Reno

  • North Virginia Street, Reno, NV - 89557
  • 775-784-1110

New Hampshire

Rivier University

  • 420 South Main St, Nashua, NH - 3060
  • 603-888-1311

New Jersey

Monmouth University

  • 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ - 07764-1898
  • 732-571-3400

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

  • 1000 River Rd, Teaneck, NJ - 7666
  • 201-692-2000

Rutgers University-Newark

  • 249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall, Newark, NJ - 7102
  • 973-353-1766

New Mexico

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

  • 2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM - 88003-8001
  • 575-646-0111

New York

Upstate Medical University

  • 750 E Adams St, Syracuse, NY - 13210
  • 315-464-5540

University at Buffalo

  • 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY - 14260-1660
  • 716-645-2000

Stony Brook University

  • 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY - 11794
  • 631-632-6000

The Sage Colleges

  • 65 1st Street, Troy, NY - 12180
  • 518-244-2000

St. John Fisher College

  • 3690 East Ave, Rochester, NY - 14618-3597
  • 585-385-8000

University of Rochester

  • Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY - 14627-0011
  • 585-275-3221

Columbia University in the City of New York

  • West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY - 10027
  • 212-854-1754

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC - 27599
  • 919-962-2211

North Dakota

University of North Dakota

  • 264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, ND - 58202-8193
  • 800-225-5863

Ohio

Wright State University-Main Campus

  • 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH - 45435-0001
  • 937-775-3333

Kent State University at Kent

  • Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, OH - 44242-0001
  • 330-672-3000

Case Western Reserve University

  • 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH - 44106
  • 216-368-2000

University of Akron Main Campus

  • 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH - 44325-4702
  • 330-972-7111

Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

  • 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA - 15260
  • 412-624-4141

Robert Morris University

  • 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA - 15108-1189
  • 800-762-0097

Drexel University

  • 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA - 19104
  • 215-895-2000

South Carolina

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

  • Administration Lane, Brookings, SD - 57007-1898
  • 800-952-3541

Tennessee

Union University

  • 1050 Union University Dr, Jackson, TN - 38305-3697
  • 731-668-1818

East Tennessee State University

  • , Johnson City, TN - 37614-0000
  • 423-439-1000

The University of Tennessee

  • 527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN - 37996
  • 865-974-1000

Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • 701 S. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, TX - 76013
  • 817-272-2011

The University of Texas at Austin

  • 2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX - 78712
  • 512-471-3434

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • 7703 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX - 78229-3900
  • 210-567-2621

Midwestern State University

  • 3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX - 76308-2099
  • 940-397-4000

Utah

University of Utah

  • 201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203, Salt Lake City, UT - 84112-9008
  • 801-581-7200

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA - 23284-2512
  • 804-828-0100

University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • 1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA - 22903-2628
  • 434-924-0311

George Mason University

  • 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA - 22030-4444
  • 703-993-1000

Washington

Washington State University

  • French Administration Building, Pullman, WA - 99164-5910
  • 509-335-3564

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA - 98195-4550
  • 206-543-2100

Seattle University

  • 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA - 98122-4340
  • 206-296-6000

Gonzaga University

  • E 502 Boone Ave, Spokane, WA - 99258-0001
  • 509-328-4220

West Virginia

West Virginia Wesleyan College

  • 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV - 26201-2994
  • 304-473-8000

Marshall University

  • 1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV - 25755
  • 800-642-3463

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI - 53706-1380
  • 608-262-1234

Alverno College

  • 3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee, WI - 53234-3922
  • 414-382-6000

Denisco, S. M., Barker, A. M., (2016). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession. Burlington, MA: Jones and Barlett Learning.

 

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