A Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice nurse that seeks to improve mental health care and the overall health status of communities. With a focus on lifetime care for individuals, PMHNPs are committed to promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders and comorbid conditions.
Frontier Nursing University offers a graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program that can be pursued full- or part-time while completing a Master of Science in Nursing or a Post-Graduate Certificate After earning an MSN or certificate, you have the option to continue seamlessly into our Doctor of Nursing Practice program without reapplying.
With our distance education model, your home community serves as your classroom. Our flexible Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program allows you to complete courses online and complete a clinical practicum in your community.
PMHNP PROGRAM OPTIONS
Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) for Certified Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners
In the Post-Graduate Certificate program, students who successfully complete the PMHNP will receive a post-graduate certificate and be eligible for the national certification exam as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Completion of the PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate requires 32 credits and is an 18-month plan of study. After completion of the PGC students have the option to continue seamlessly into the DNP curriculum without having to reapply – to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Learn more about the DNP program here. Completing the DNP degree is highly recommended.
MSN for RNs with a Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree
We are taking applications now for the PMHNP specialty track for registered nurses seeking a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), with entry options for RNs with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. Students who successfully complete the program can apply for the national certification exam. Students are encouraged to continue their studies and earn a doctoral degree with the FNU DNP.
"Frontier has a strong tradition of being an innovator in nurse practitioner education. As a PMHNP student at Frontier, your home community will be your classroom, and you will get to know the needs of your region through meaningful assignments and clinical experience. If you are an innovator, a trailblazer and a changemaker, Frontier is the place for you. Come join our community so that you can make a difference in yours!"
- Heather Shlosser, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director
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