Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track includes 18 courses totaling 45 credit hours. The program begins with nine, three-credit core courses that focus on specific roles of the advanced nurse in the healthcare system prior to transitioning into specialty courses specific to the track.
The curriculum aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials — as well as the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.
As a growing number of health organizations work towards early detection and treatment of mental and neurological disorders through solutions-based therapy, the demand for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners continues to rise — along with the opportunities for nurses who are skilled in this area. In fact, the average salary for a PMHNP is $108,000, with significant increases based on years of experience and geographic location.*
Along with the higher salary, additional credentials, and increased professional respect, program graduates can experience career mobility that provides greater flexibility in the workplace. Due to the highly specialized nature of their field, PMHNP nurses are well positioned to pursue secure and fulfilling roles and are highly sought by organizations that include:
Places of work:
- The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Admin
- Urgent care facilities
- State- or locally-operated health departments
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers
- Nursing and rehabilitation centers
- Privately-operated doctor’s offices
According to a recent study, 25% of U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness each year. It’s a national issue that can no longer be ignored.* It’s a national issue that can no longer be ignored.* Through Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN PMHNP) track, you’ll explore the latest in research theory combined with experiential learning and proven methodologies that can help provide treatment and relief for individuals with mental or neurological disorders.
Program graduates also earn the knowledge and skills required to be prepared to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The Master of Science in Nursing, with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, is designed to prepare students for advanced practice. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has determined that the Norwich nursing program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure.
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
The master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.
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At a Glance
- No GMAT or GRE required
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better preferred
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Transfer CreditsYou may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
International AdmissionsNorwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
Norwich Alumni BenefitsReconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
- A bachelor's degree from a nationally-accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
- An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
- If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
- TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.
- IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
- The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
- International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
- Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
- Graduate testing is not required.
Please Note: All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memorandum of understanding (MOUs).
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Norwich’s provides a top-notch educational experience. We work hard to make it affordable. Financial aid and several strategies can help finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.
Tuition at a Glance
- Credit Hours: 45
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $800
- Technology - $300/term
- Library - $75/term
- Graduation - $150/one-time
Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.
Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient.
Norwich Alumni Scholarship
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
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