Holistic care includes mental health.
Promote both.

Mental illness awareness is higher than ever, which means your opportunities to promote mental wellness and advance your career are rising. Learn to effect positive change in your community with the option of four Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Post-Master’s NP Certificate, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice, or the Doctor of Nursing Practice with Nurse Practitioner concentration. No matter which route you take, our online PMHNP programs are designed to help you develop the tools you need to treat acute and chronic illness as well as promote mental well-being.

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Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting

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Four Online PMHNP Programs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why become a PMHNP?

Personal fulfillment.
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.

Professional autonomy.
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

Advanced opportunity.
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
    mental tests
  • 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.

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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.

PMHNP Curriculum

Four curriculum models. One rewarding career specialty.

Online MSN PMHNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration (MSN PMHNP)
You can complete your online PMHNP in as few as 32 months. Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with 3 entry points per year (January, May, and August).

For the PMHNP clinical hour requirements, contact an enrollment advisor.
MSN | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 602Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 619Leadership and Quality 3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits

For the PMHNP concentration coursework, contact an enrollment advisor.

Online BSN to DNP Program PMHNP Concentration

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration (BSN to DNP PMHNP)
You can complete your program in as few as 48 months and 100% online. You can begin your coursework the semester after you are accepted, in spring, summer, or fall.

For the PMHNP clinical hour requirements, contact an enrollment advisor.
MSN | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 700Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits
NURS 701Foundations of Clinical Scholarship3 Credits
NURS 702Integrating and Synthesizing Research3 Credits
NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 704Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 705Clinical Inquiry I3 Credits
NURS 706Clinical Inquiry II3 Credits
NURS 707Clinical Inquiry III3 Credits
NURS 708Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership3 Credits
NURS 709Advanced Health Care Policy3 Credits

For the PMHNP concentration coursework, contact an enrollment advisor.

Online DNP-NP Program PMHNP Concentration

Doctor of Nursing Practice Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

NURS 700Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits
NURS 701Foundations of Clinical Scholarship3 Credits
NURS 702Integrating and Synthesizing Research3 Credits
NURS 709Advanced Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 710Graduate Statistics 3 Credits

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Courses (18 credit hours)

NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 704Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 705Clinical Inquiry I3 Credits
NURS 706Clinical Inquiry II3 Credits
NURS 707Clinical Inquiry III3 Credits
NURS 708Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership3 Credits

Graduate Nursing Core Courses (6 credit hours)

NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (11 credit hours)

NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (21 credit hours)

NURS 660Psychopharmacology and Mental Health Assessment3 Credits
NURS 661Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management I3 Credits
NURS 662Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 663Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management II3 Credits
NURS 664Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 665Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management III3 Credits
NURS 667Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum III3 Credits

Online Post-Master's NP Certificate PMHNP Concentration

For the PMHNP concentration you will need:

NURS 660Psychopharmacology and Mental Health Assessment3 Credits
NURS 661Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management I3 Credits
NURS 662Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 663Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management II3 Credits
NURS 664Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 665Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management III3 Credits
NURS 667Psychiatric-Mental Health Diagnosis and Management Practicum III3 Credits