Frontier Nursing University

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


195 School Street

Hyden, KY 41749

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-Graduate Certificate, Master of Science in Nursing

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track educates students for advanced practice to improve mental health care and overall health status of communities with a focus on individuals across the lifespan and populations in rural and underserved areas.  The PMHNP program will prepare you to provide high-quality mental health care incorporating integrative care and telehealth technology.

The PMHNP program is available as a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a Post-Graduate Certificate with the option of completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  For the Post-Graduate Certificate program, only currently certified Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners will be accepted and applicants must have a master’s or higher degree in nursing.  Applicants must currently hold national certification in one of the following advanced practice registered nurse specialties to apply: Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Geriatric-Adult Nurse Practitioner (GANP), Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree - (60 credit hours)

All registered nurses who hold an associate degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in any field  may apply to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing degree program.  The MSN degree program includes 45 didactic credits and 15 clinical credit with the option to continue seamlessly into the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree without reapplying. 

Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) - (32 credit hours)

All current nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners may apply to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) program.  The PGC program includes 32 credits with an 18 month plan of study. Students will have the option to seamlessly continue on to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Students who successfully complete the MSN or PGC program of study for the PMHNP will be eligible for the national certification exam as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

In FNU’s distance education programs, your home community serves as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community. Our curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse practitioner, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in the healthcare system.


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