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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.

Why Pursue Your Online MSN-PMHNP With Walden?

  • Take the lead in managing patients’ mental health: As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, you’ll experience the challenge and reward of overseeing care for your own group of patients.
  • Work with children and adults of all ages: In this online MSN psychiatric NP program, you’ll learn how to assess, diagnose, counsel, and prescribe medications for patients across the life span.
  • Get ready for national certification: This specialization prepares you to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.
  • Learn from experienced nurse practitioners: Our online MSN psychiatric NP didactic faculty are 100% doctorally prepared. Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis.
  • Build your expertise via engaging coursework. State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.
  • Choose a university dedicated to your success. Get the support you need to thrive—from academic advising and field training coordination to our online community of passionate nurses.

Interesting Facts

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Jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 52% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.4

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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

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

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.


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

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.

Todd Dickson

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.

Jennifer Stone

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.


Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
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Improve Mental Health in Your Community

Walden’s online MSN program with a PMHNP specialization can prepare you for the next phase of your career. Of course, learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. You’ll be taught by seasoned faculty with experience in mental health and collaborate with nurses who are as passionate about advanced patient care as you are.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?

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.

Make a Difference as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Make a Difference with a MSN PMHNP
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Testimonials

Stephanie Polperio

Stephanie Polperio

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program graduate, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student
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.
Christi Siedlecki Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate
Christi Siedlecki
Ashley Nicole Williams Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
Ashley Nichole Williams

FAQ for MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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.

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