Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

If you are a registered nurse and you hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing, choose the RN to BSN AIM track to earn your bachelor’s degree while working toward your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). With this accelerated program of study, you can earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than earning each degree separately.

We recognize that you have already accumulated a great deal of knowledge and skill working as an RN. We reward you for the expertise you bring by allowing you to transfer up to 75% of your BSN course credit, using previous academic courses, professional development, and demonstrated college-level knowledge. This means you may be eligible to transfer up to 135 of the 181 quarter credits required. At least 46 credits must be completed at Walden.

You will enroll at the bachelor’s level and take both bachelor’s- and master’s-level courses. You will then apply for admission to Walden’s MSN program following completion of undergraduate requirements.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits to earn your BSN
    • General education courses (50 cr.)*
    • Core courses (51 cr.)  
    • Prior nursing credit/elective courses (80 cr.)
  • 38–43 total quarter specialization credits to earn MSN.

All students admitted to the RN to BSN AIM program must have a current, active nursing license and an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program. Transcripts and diploma information will be evaluated to determine the extent of credit awarded.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

This represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.


Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 3100 Course Issues and Trends in Nursing Credits (6 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3020 Course Health Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3150 Course Foundations of Nursing Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4115 Course Role of the Nurse—Public and Global Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4005 Course Topics in Clinical Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4210 Course Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4220 Course Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses and Prior Nursing Credit

Prior nursing credit not applied toward nursing core courses can fulfill up to 80 credits in this category. Students with less than 80 transfer credits can choose courses from any of Walden’s bachelor degree programs.


Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6501 Course Advanced Pathophysiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6521 Course Advanced Pharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6512 Course Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6630 Course Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NRNP 6640/PRAC 6640 Course Psychotherapy With Individuals Credits (5 cr.: 3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6650/PRAC 6650 Course Psychotherapy With Groups and Families Credits (5 cr.: 3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6660/PRAC 6660 Course Psychiatic Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role I : Child and Adolsescent Credits (5 cr.: 3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6670/PRAC 6670 Course Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role II: Adults and Older Adults Credits (5 cr.: 3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)

*Find required general education courses by program.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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