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Master of Science in Nursing — Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you work directly with individuals or families with psychiatric disorders, providing expert care, support, and compassion. This program builds on your bachelor’s degree in nursing so you can advance your career with a specialty in psychiatric mental health nursing practice.

This 24-month, part-time program's coursework is offered entirely online with clinical experience in your community, giving you the flexibility to continue to work. You’ll gain a firm foundation in the diagnosis and management of conditions such as dementia, depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric problems as well as the interaction of pharmacological agents. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification and advance your career.

In addition to coursework and clinical experience, three residencies are required on our Worcester campus. Each residency is one to three days in length. Residencies include: new student orientation, a second-year residency, and a final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

Learn more about the MS in Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health program. 

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university*
  • A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in the jurisdiction where experiential learning will occur
  • Ability to attend three required on site (MCPHS-Worcester) residencies

*Please note that priority consideration is given to those applicants who have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their professional nursing coursework.

Application Requirements

For consideration for admission, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcripts from every college attended
  • 1 professional letter of recommendation
  • Photocopy of current RN license
  • Resume (may be included within application or as a separate document)

Once all supporting documents are received, your application will be complete and ready for review by the Admission Committee. Application materials can be mailed to the address below:

Online Programs
MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Residency Requirement

Students are required to attend three residencies on our Worcester campus. Each residency lasts one to three days.


MSN Year One: Summer

NUR 701 Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 706 Advanced Pathophysiology 3

MSN Year One: Fall

NUR 707 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 708 Scholarship for Advanced Nursing: Building an
Evidence-Based Practice

MSN Year One: Spring

NUR 702 Human Diversity, Social, and Policy Issues 3
NUR 703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours) 4

MSN Year Two: Summer

NUR 715 Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse (PMHNP) 3
NUR 815 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I (Child and Adolescent)
(180 clinical hours)

MSN Year Two: Fall

NUR 825 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II
(Young and Middle Aged Adult) (180 clinical hours)
NUR 820 Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum
(completed across 2 semesters) 

MSN Year Two: Spring

NUR 835 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III (Older Adult)
(180 clinical hours)
NUR 820 Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum
(completed across 2 semesters) 

Total semester hours: 45

Residency Requirement

In addition to online coursework, the PMHNP program requires students to attend two residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, in addition to orientation, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second year residency, and a final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

MCPHS University accepts nursing students into its programs from the following states:

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Admission into a nursing program is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of matriculation. If a student moves to a different state after matriculation, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the University of a change in physical presence. Program availability is subject to change.

Starting the Spring 2019 semester, MSN online testing will be monitored and proctored by ProctorU. Learn more about ProctorU using the information below.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.

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