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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 new Nexus Building
  • Program offered part-time with core courses offered online
  • Students work directly with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients experiencing psychiatric issues 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 substance use disorders, community mental health care and crisis care in emergency services.

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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.

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What are the expected costs?

Tuition information may be obtained from our Student Financial Services webpage.

» Find specific tuition and financial aid details

How do I apply?

The application deadline for fall admission to the MS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program for fall admission is June 1 and for spring admission is October 15.

To be considered for admission, students are encouraged to submit the graduate application.

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

  • Current New York State RN license
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes
  • Final transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited four-year institution Résumé
  • A 500-word, typed essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • Two letters of recommendation, from master’s prepared nurses or above only, with credentials included.

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College of Nursing and Public Health
Nexus Building, 3rd Floor
p – 516.877.4510

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