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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.*

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.

Upon completion of this specialization, you will be prepared to:

  • Pursue national certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Provide quality mental health services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.
  • Diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders as well as differentiate between medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms.
  • Work in mental health clinics, social service agencies, psychiatric hospitals, schools, and private practices.
  • 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.

In Walden’s MSN program, you can:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the U.S. in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Career Impact

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.

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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.§

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:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Private psychiatric practices
  • Community mental health centers
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Residential substance abuse facilities
  • Schools

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

Find detailed information for this program if you hold a BSN or hold a RN, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Make a Difference as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Make a Difference with a MSN PMHNP
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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 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 advisors 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. 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.

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

†Source: 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.

‡Source: 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.

§Source: 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.

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

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