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Care for the mental and emotional well-being of patients across the life span with an MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree from Walden. You’ll be taught by practicing PMHNPs as you gain the training and expertise to meet a critical need in today’s society.

A pioneer in this specialization, Walden offers one of the first fully online psychiatric nurse practitioner programs in the nation.2 An MSN-PMHNP program prepares 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 program, you’ll be prepared with the educational requirements to sit for the national psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Manage Mental Health Care

Experience the challenge and reward of overseeing care for your own group of patients.

Work with children and adults

Learn how to assess, diagnose, counsel, and prescribe medications for patients across the life span.

National Certification Preparation

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

Learn from Experienced NP

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

Engaging Coursework

State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.

Dedicated Student Support

Get the support you need to thrive, from academic advising and field training coordination to our online community of passionate nurses.

Program Savings

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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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.

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement Form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirement.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment specialist for more details.

More information for international applicants.

Engage in Hands-On Clinical Experiences

In this online MSN psychiatric NP program, gain the advanced skills and clinical judgment to make mental health assessments. Prepare to provide holistic mental health services and lead mental health wellness efforts for individuals, groups, and families. Learn how to use research to develop, assess, and refine educational materials that best serve the healthcare audience in your community.

Walden 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.

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.
  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

  • 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.  Her experiences as faculty in nursing education began in 2015.

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.

Career Impact

Approximately 56 million Americans are struggling with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. With suicide, depression, and substance abuse at crisis levels, there is a growing need for quality mental health services and improved patient access to effective treatment.3

Walden’s online MSN-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares you to meet this need in a variety of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 52% from 2019 to 2029.4

The annual mean salary for a nurse practitioner working in mental health in May 2019 was $123,900.5 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, such as education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Where PMHNPs Work6

  • 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.

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

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