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The MSN, Post-Master’s NP Certificate, and DNP programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
“I have great interactions with my fellow students. You get to know people. It feels like a small family. The faculty go the extra mile to make sure you’re successful. Go for it. You will have the support you need.”
— Kristina Coleman, Maryville Grad
Online Master of Science in Nursing — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN PMHNP)
Apply your passion and knowledge to psychiatric care. Pursue an advanced degree with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration designed to help you bring mental wellness to patients at all stages of life.
Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP PMHNP)
Are you ready to be an expert in the field? Pursue a direct path to more responsibility with our BSN to DNP program’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration.
Online Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
If you have your MSN, and you’re now interested in specializing in psychiatric mental health, choose our post-master’s certificate. Focus your career on caring for individuals coping with mental health disorders.
Online Doctor of Nursing Practice with Nurse Practitioner Concentration — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP PMHNP)
Go from your MSN to your DNP with a PMHNP concentration, and you can earn a terminal degree that helps bring you back into the clinical setting. You’ll earn your PMHNP along with attaining your DNP, allowing you to practice at the highest level and lead interdisciplinary teams.
Why become a PMHNP?
Dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to form alliances with patients of all ages and help them cope with their mental health disorders. Providing psychiatric care can be challenging, but the reward is in the results. PMHNPs are able to make connections with their patients and see their improvement firsthand.
The role of a nurse practitioner in healthcare is expanding. Today, nurse practitioners in 21 states may prescribe, diagnose, and treat patients without any physician oversight. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to directly apply your skills across the nation in a variety of settings, including:
- Mental health units
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Independent practices
- Inpatient and outpatient clinics
- Assisted living facilities
- Home healthcare services
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner roles are projected to grow 31% by 2024, much faster than the average occupation. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, your ability to perform physical and psycho-diagnostic evaluations can help you secure high-demand positions unavailable to other NPs.
What else does a PMHNP do?
- Assess, diagnose, and treat mental illnesses in patients of all ages
- Educate families and patients on coping methods
- Prescribe and administer medication, with or without physician supervision depending on the state in which they practice
- Order, conduct, and interpret physical exams and
- Help patients bridge the gap between physical and mental health
Why choose Maryville?
We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s best colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons to choose Maryville:
- Maximize your time to earn an MSN or BSN to DNP.
- Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- Explore important topics that can help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the nurses who follow in your footsteps.
- Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions.
- Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
- Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession.
The Booming Career Outlook
Pursue opportunity from every angle.
The demand for psychiatric nurse practitioners is rising. With public awareness of mental illness increasing, a shortage of psychiatrists in the U.S., and an aging and growing population, the need for psychiatric experts is greater than ever. In fact, psychiatric nurse practitioner roles are projected to grow 26% by 2020 (NurseJournal.org).
In 2014, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners estimated that psychiatric health NPs were only 3.2% of the total nurse practitioner population. This small population of NPs is well compensated; PMHNPs on average earn anywhere from $71,485 to $129,837 (Payscale.com). With a faster than average growth rate, limited competition, and high earning potential, qualified psychiatric NPs have advanced opportunities for growth.
Aid an aging population.
There were more than 108 million Americans age 50 or older in 2014, according to AARP, and government statistics project the size of the elderly population to continue growing. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are needed more than ever to prepare for an increase in aging-related mental health issues, including dementia. PMHNPs interested in improving outcomes in elderly care can help patients maintain the greatest possible degree of independence during hospitalization, after discharge, and in their home.
See your opportunities and rewards grow.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates a 31% increase in job opportunities for nurse practitioners between 2014 and 2024.
- Psychiatric nurse practitioner roles are projected to grow 26% by 2020, according to NurseJournal.org.
- Psychiatric nurse practitioner was named among the “Best Nursing Career Specialties” by NurseJournal.org.
- The BLS reports an annual median salary of $94,460 for NPs overall. According to Payscale.com, psychiatric nurse practitioners can earn up to $119,895.