University at Buffalo

School of Nursing

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


408 Capen Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.-Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The program prepares advanced practice nurses for leadership and direct care roles in the planning and delivery of preventive, brief and long-term psychiatric/mental health care. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills basic to the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner’s (PMHNP) ability to: Assess, diagnose and plan treatment for psychiatric disorders and co-morbid conditions; provide treatment that includes prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications; implement psychotherapy and health promotion/illness prevention interventions with individuals and groups; and evaluate treatment outcomes. As part of their clinical practica, students will plan and deliver community-based care within a perspective that considers the context of the client’s life, the health care system and social services. They may focus on work with an elected sub-population, assuming the availability of appropriate clinical preceptors and practice sites. Upon completion of the PMHNP program, students will be eligible for New York State certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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