Advance your skills and training to provide care for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems with our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN specialization.
The need for mental health services has never been greater, yet the U.S. continues to face a critical shortage of professionals in the field.
Meet the demand for mental health providers and make a difference in the healthcare system as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).
In the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialization, one of the few PMHNP programs offered fully online, you will learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems. Courses focus on providing advanced skills and practicum training for treating children, adults, groups, and families. The curriculum includes a strong pharmacology component.
There is a critical need not only for quality mental health services, but for improved access to these services. As a graduate of our Master of Science in Nursing program with a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialization, you will be prepared to meet this need in a variety of settings.
According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a psychiatric-nurse practitioner is $100,084.2
Demand for psychiatric nurses is expected to grow by 20% by the year 2020, which is a faster than average rate of growth for other occupations.3 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.4
This specialization will prepare graduates to qualify to sit for the national certification exam for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
This program can help position you for roles in the following settings:
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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Discover special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
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Note on certification
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Learn more about professional licensure. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: PayScale, Average Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.
3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 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 actual job growth, and are subject to change.
4Source: Nurse Journal, Psychiatric Nursing Careers and Salary Outlook. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.