Master of Science (MS)

Online MS – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 40
  • Courses in Program: 17
  • Cost Per Credit: $977
  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Nine
  • Estimated Completion Time: Two to three years

Help address the need for mental health care with D’Youville University’s online psychiatric nurse practitioner program.

Even before the turmoil of the last several years, there was a pressing national need for better access to mental health services. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) can play an important role in helping people receive support for depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other mental health issues.

In most states, PMHNPs can provide counseling and prescription services to patients with acute or chronic mental health conditions. If you have at least one year of experience in mental health nursing and are a working registered nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you can prepare to make a difference with D’Youville University.

Our online Master of Science – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (MS-PMHNP) offers the clinical education you need to provide primary mental health services to patients across the lifespan. Combining interactive online coursework with 540 hours of hands-on clinical practicum experiences, this program teaches advanced knowledge and skills in:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Prescription writing
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Mental health assessment and intervention

On your journey toward becoming a mental health care provider, you’ll benefit from personal attention offered by D’Youville nursing faculty—all of whom bring clinical experience to the courses they teach.

This program meets licensure requirements in the state of New York. Note that PMHNP is not a recognized credential for Extended Class Advanced Practice Certification as a nurse practitioner in Ontario.

Who This Program Is For

The online MS-PMHNP is a 40-credit master’s degree program. It offers a flexible pathway into primary mental health care for bachelor’s-qualified nurses and other students who want to serve families. These include:

-Have an active, unencumbered RN license
-Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN)
-Have at least one year of work experience as a registered nurse in a related field

If you pursue the MS-PMHNP as a full-time student, you can complete the program in as few as two years. If you earn the degree while continuing to work, you can finish in as few as three years. Whichever option you choose, you’ll have more control over your schedule thanks to the flexibility of classes that are mainly delivered online.


This program is for working nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. International medical graduates, unmatched medical students, and others who wish to apply must also be working nurses and complete a BSN program before pursuing the MS-PMHNP.


Core Courses

  • NUR-631 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NUR-631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1)
  • NUR-706 Co-MGT for Medical Disorders for Advanced Practice Nurses (1)
  • NUR-707 Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health for Advance Practice Registered Nurses I (3)
  • NUR-708 Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health for Advance Practice Registered Nurses II (3)
  • NUR-714 Clinical Practicum in Community-Based Family Care (2)
  • NUR-715 Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practicum I (3)
  • NUR-716 Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practicum II (4)

Supportive Component

  • NUR-611 APN Role Transit Policy Seminar (2)
  • NUR-632 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR-633 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR-672 Advanced Psychopharmacology (1)
  • NUR-673 Advanced Psychopathophysiology (1)

Research Component

  • NUR-600 Theory Development in Nursing Research (3)
  • NUR-601 Research Methods in Nursing (3)

Project Component

  • NUR-610 Project Seminar Design and Proposal (3)
  • NUR-629 Project Advisement: Implementation and Evaluation (1)


We require that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least one year of practice as a registered nurse in a psychiatric or mental health setting. To apply, prospective students must:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)/ current resume documenting at least one year of practice as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended.*
  • College transcripts must show completion of baccalaureate-level courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
  • An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.00. Applicants whose overall G.P.A. was between 2.70–2.99 will be considered based on their professional experience and CV. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the student resides (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania) .
  • A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  • Applicants who work full-time are not eligible to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner track on the planned two-year completion timeline.
  • Canadian students: While D’Youville generally welcomes Canadian applicants to our online programs, due to US Department of Homeland Security regulations, the online FNP program is not currently available to Canadian students. Canadian students are welcome to apply to our low-residency on-campus MSN-FNP. More information on that program can be found here: Low-residency On-campus FNP

*Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

**A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.


Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.

Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition $977 per credit hour $39,080
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)* $960
Full Program Total $40,040
*This program takes an estimated four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.


Becoming certified as a PMHNP prepares you for mental health care service in community settings as well as inpatient mental health facilities. General demand for nurse practitioners across all specialties is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners will grow by 52% from 2020-2030, making this one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.[1]



Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

PMHNPs support patient mental health through assessment, diagnosis, and counseling. Although their exact scope of practice may vary by state, PHMNPs can generally provide mental health counseling, make referrals, and prescribe medications. As of May 2021, nurse practitioners across all specialties earned a median annual salary of $120,680 per year.[1]



Start your journey toward a new chapter as a psychiatric mental health NP with D’Youville. Fill out an information form today!

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