Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program

Learn more about our nurse practitioner graduate degree focusing on psychiatric and mental health care.

This Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMH-NP) is designed to educate nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level as advanced practice nurses to provide primary psychiatric and mental health care across the lifespan (child-adolescence through geriatric). Graduates are prepared to assess, plan and manage clients and families with psychiatric diagnoses, providing psychopharmacology, counseling and therapy interventions. Graduates are licensed in NY and are prepared to take the national certification exam for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners following graduation.

Why should I enroll?

  • State-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot clinical simulation laboratory with the latest education technology, housed in the College of Nursing and Public Health’s new Nexus Building and Welcome Center
  • Program offered part-time with core courses offered on line
  • Students work directly children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients experiencing psychiatric problems through required clinical practice.
  • Side-by-side experience with nurse practitioner faculty
  • Individualized educational planning and advisement
  • Variety of clinical settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, correctional facilities and private medical practices
  • Preparation for national certification exam and state licensure 

What will I study?

Following core courses in pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment and pharmacology, the student enrolls in psychiatric mental health specialty courses including advanced practice role and psychopharmacology. Clinical courses focus on the mental health of individuals (adults, children and adolescents) and families. The program also includes courses on clients with substance use disorders, community mental health care and crisis care in emergency services.

» View course requirements for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner M.S.

Who are the faculty members?

Doctorally-prepared faculty are expert clinicians certified in the specialty and who conduct research on psychiatric topics such as substance abuse, PTSD and eating disorders.

» View the nursing and public health faculty list

 How much will it cost?

Tuition for an M.S. in Nursing is $1,210 per credit. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree program is 45 credits. University and technology fees are additional.

» Find specific tuition and financial aid details

How do I apply?

 In addition to a completed application for graduate admission and application fee, applicants must submit:

  • New York State R.N. license
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes
  • Final transcript documenting bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Résumé
  • A 500-word, typed essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from master’s or above and/or direct supervisor, employer or former faculty

» Apply now to the M.S. Nurse Practitioner program


For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
e –
» Request Information

Apply Now!

Impact Lives Through Innovation
Earn your Master's in Healthcare Informatics online.
Learn more
Ph.D. Info Sessions
Learn about our faculty expertise, research environment, curriculum and funding opportunities.
Register for an information session
Ready to Start?
Take the next step to a new career or advance in your current healthcare job.
Now's the time to apply to Adelphi.