Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Fulfill the Nation’s Growing Need for Psychiatric and Mental Health Care

Our online psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner track will give you the essential skills you need to complete comprehensive mental health assessments, as well as individual, family and group psychotherapy to treat your patients properly and with compassion. The role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner is to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients across the life span, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. In our PMHNP program, you will develop competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of complex psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.

Additionally, you will develop knowledge of clinical modalities and theories used in health promotion to identify individuals and populations at risk of mental illness and psychiatric disorders. In this advanced practice nursing program, you will experience real-life clinical training and learn how to offer primary prevention in mental health, with consideration to culturally diverse, rural and underserved populations.

Clinical Placement Experts

Wilkes works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that is compliant, meets University and national guidelines and prepares you for success in our psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program. Clinical placement services are built into the program and are provided at no additional charge. We partner with you to:

  • Research and find a nearby site aligned with your area of study and secure a preceptor.
  • Organize all necessary documents and clearance requirements prior to your clinicals.
  • Monitor your schedule and placement hours.

Admission Requirements | Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing ­– PMHNP

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for the program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, such as official transcripts, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • Associate degree in nursing with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the nurse practitioner clinical courses)
  • Resume and cover letter

Admission Requirements | Master of Science in Nursing­ – PMHNP

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for the program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, such as official transcripts, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the nurse practitioner clinical courses)
  • Resume and cover letter

Admission Requirements | Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate: PMHNP

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for the program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, such as official transcripts, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • MSN, DNP or BSN-DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the nurse practitioner clinical courses)
  • Resume and cover letter

Program Features

  • $728 per credit hour
  • Three opportunities per year to start classes
  • 12-week courses
  • 2018 board certification exams pass rate: 95%
  • Check state authorization

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review process by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the university.