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Master's degree

Master of Science in Nursing / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Prepare for a role as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specializing in neuropsychiatric care and treatment with a Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Learn skills such as neuropsychiatric disorder prevention, assessment, self-care management, psychotherapeutic intervention, pharmacological management, and addiction services. Gain the knowledge to treat psychiatric disorders in various healthcare settings and in diverse patient populations. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) national board certification exam.

  • Assessment

  • Diagnosis

  • Treatment of Neuropsychiatric/Mental Disorders

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Nurse Bridge Program

If you have an active RN license and a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, our Nursing Bridge Program helps experienced nurses like you earn your MSN degree — saving you time and money. You’ll start with three BSN courses and then move into the program specialty that fits your career goals.



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Your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses for the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree.

What you’ll learn:

With a Master of Science in Nursing/ Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree you will be equipped with concrete skills that will help you provide patient care in the advanced practice role.

You'll learn how to:

  • Synthesize advanced practice assessment to generate accurate clinical decisions
  • Integrate theory and evidence to provide holistic healthcare services to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members
  • Manage holistic healthcare for individuals and diverse populations across the lifespan
  • Integrate ethical principles in delivering care to patients across the lifespan
  • Synthesize state Nurse Practice Acts and/or regulatory guidelines to practice lawfully
  • Apply principles of quality and safety to improve patient-centered outcomes across the lifespan

Program Purpose Statement

Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMH) program prepares registered nurses (RNs) for advanced practice as a PMHNP. In this role, the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) holistically cares for patients with neuropsychiatric/mental disorders to include the prescribing of psychotropic medication, the provision of psychotherapy and addiction services, and the promotion of selfcare management skills. Graduates of the MSN/PMH program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) PMHNP national certification examination.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing/ Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree?

An MSN/PMH can help prepare you for:

  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for nurse practitioners is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

Our MSN/PMH program meets the educational requirements in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas for graduates who want to pursue advanced practice nursing licensure and certification at the master’s level. The program is currently available online to residents of these states and also on-campus in Phoenix.

Check for additional information about professional licensure in your state of residence.

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Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

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Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.


Paying for school

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Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.


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Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

This program is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

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Frequently asked questions about the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree

To become a PMHNP, you must first obtain a license as a registered nurse (RN) in a U.S. state or territory and complete a Bachelor’s degree. To start a program that leads to a master’s of science in nursing prepared as a PMHNP, you will need to finish a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing and be admitted to an accredited Master of Science in Nursing Program. If you have earned an Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing and have an active RN license, you can enroll in a Bridge Program leading to an MSN with a concentration as a PMHNP.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have earned an MD or a DO and have completed a psychiatric residency. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) are advanced practice RNs who have completed a graduate program such as a master's or doctorate in nursing, obtained certification as a Nurse Practitioner, and have worked as licensed registered nurses. Both psychiatrists and PMHNPs diagnose and treat mental disorders.

Current RN license required. 

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.