University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Science - Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Track (CNS or NP)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-Master's Certificate - Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Track (CNS or NP)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master of Science or Post-Master's Certificate - Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Track prepares you to meet the mental health needs of adult patients in various settings. Through the full- or part-time, online programs you will learn to meet the mental health needs of: -clients -communities -agencies -educational systems As a graduate of the programs, you will: -Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced psychiatric and mental health (APMH) nursing practice. -Demonstrate advanced practice skills in the provision of mental health care for adults within the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for the advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nurse (APMHN). -Assume the roles and behaviors of an APMHN primary care provider using research, leadership/management, and teaching strategies. -Demonstrate unique roles of an APMHN while collaborating within an interdisciplinary team. -Apply ethical reasoning skills and legal standards to APMHN practice. -Contribute to the development of psychiatric and mental health policy, nursing practice, and the profession. After successful completion of your master's degree, you will be eligible to complete the national American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for certification as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) or Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS). Designed for nurses with a bachelor's degree (master's for certificate) who are unable to attend traditional, on-campus classes. You will participate in most class activities at the time and place of your choice. You will be required to visit the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, ONCE during your program. The on-campus component is meant to integrate, extend, and apply the knowledge you learned in previous online courses and readings. A local clinical practicum will also be completed in or near your home community. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 49 Cert;57-59 Degree

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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