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Care for the mental and emotional well-being of patients of all ages with an MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree from Walden. Play a bigger role in raising awareness of societal issues around mental illness and become a catalyst for social change.

A pioneer in this specialization, Walden offers one of the first online psychiatric nurse practitioner programs in the country.2 Online PMHNP-MSN programs academically prepare nurses to deliver a full spectrum of care to patients with psychiatric disorders, organic brain disorders, and substance abuse issues.

As a graduate of this CCNE-accredited online psychiatric nurse practitioner MSN program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Why Choose Walden?

Practicum Advantage

Benefit from dedicated teams and support services to help you with successful nursing practicum placement and completion.

Work with children and adults

Learn how to assess, diagnose, counsel, and prescribe medications while treating patients with compassion and dignity.

National Certification Preparation

Academically prepare to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

Learn from Experienced NPs

Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis. 100% of our didactic faculty hold doctoral degrees.

Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Dedicated Student Support

For working nurses like you, we blend personal support with self-help tools and resources you can access anytime.

We are here to help you find your nursing practicum.

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Program Savings

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Personalized Practicum Support

Walden Practicum PledgePracticums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts

Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds

''As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

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Program Outcomes

Engage in Immersive Learning

Walden’s PMHNP specialization focuses not just on knowledge mastery, but also on helping you use that knowledge to positively impact the lives of individuals, families, and populations through holistic mental health services. Learn to interact with patients, perform mental health assessments, make diagnoses, and plan treatment—all through virtual simulations. Discover how to use research to develop, assess, and refine educational materials that best serve the healthcare audience in your community.

Walden MSN PMHNP practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Career Impact

According to research gathered by SAMHSA in 2020, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have included increased anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and substance use across the United States. With suicide, depression, and substance abuse at crisis levels, there is a growing demand for qualified mental health services and improved patient access to effective treatment.3

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 52% from 2020 to 2030.4

Our psychiatric nurse practitioner MSN program features a challenging curriculum designed to help you be an impactful provider in an area of need. Let Walden help you become the nursing leader and change-maker you were meant to be.

Where PMHNPs Work

  • Mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Residential substance abuse facilities
  • Private psychiatric practices
  • Community mental health centers
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Psychopharmacology clinics
  • Psychiatric consult services
  • State psychiatric facilities
  • Veterans Administration psychiatric facilities

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

MSN Career Outlook


Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program Director

    Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.

  • Virginia Moore

    Ginny Moore

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Moore is the academic program coordinator of the MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She is board certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with over 26 years of clinical and administrative experience as a registered nurse.  She has been a faculty member for nursing education since 2015.  

  • Todd Dickson

    Todd Dickson

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Dickson is board certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, with more than 25 years in clinical practice and 10 years in teaching. His current clinical and research interests include working with people diagnosed with severe mental illness.


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