Provide holistic care for patients with psychiatric disorders and emotional challenges. Be a lifeline for those who are struggling.
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.
Jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 52% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.4
Only 44% of adults and less than 20% of children and adolescents in the U.S. receive the mental health and substance use care they need, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.7
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will be applied toward to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.
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.
Dr. Judi Kuric, Program Director
Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced practice nursing and over 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.
Dr. Todd Dickson, Interim Program Coordinator
Dr. Dickson is the interim program coordinator of the MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. He is board certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) with over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse.
Dr. Jennifer Stone, Practicum Coordinator
Dr. Stone is the clinical coordinator of the MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner and has spent eight years teaching in both online and campus-based universities.
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.
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.
One of the most rewarding aspects of pursuing my degree with Walden was connecting with other nurses and supporting each other for success.
My first instructor was understanding, helpful, and compassionate, which helped me transition into my Walden coursework with ease.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.
2Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database: CIP code: 51.3810 (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner).
3Source: American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Report: Shortage of Trained Professionals a Growing Threat to U.S. Mental Health System.
4Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee job growth, and are subject to change.
5Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians), (retrieved June 2020). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee job growth, and are subject to change.
6Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). Are You Considering a Career as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?
7Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health Myths and Facts.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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.
Note on licensure: Walden’s MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.
No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.
Note on certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.