Wilkes University

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners assist patients who need comprehensive mental health care.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide primary mental health care to patients of all ages. Focused clinical practice prepares the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner to provide comprehensive care in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient offices, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities. Nurse practitioners in the psychiatric/mental health field assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness with therapy, rehabilitation, and prescriptive drugs. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the ANCC examination for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The 2018 pass rate was 95%. 

Online Format

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.

Residency Requirement

*A brief on-campus residency is required for students enrolled in NSG 500: Advanced Health Assessment. Additional residencies may be required for the following clinical courses based on the location of the student's clinical practice site:

  • NSG 535 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)
  • NSG 536 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate's-(for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution.

RN to M.S.N.

RNs who hold an associate degree but not a bachelor’s can accelerate the path to an advanced degree with our 52-credit RN to M.S.N. program. Two bridge courses bring students to the graduate level, allowing them to earn a master’s degree in our Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program. Graduates are eligible for national board certification through ANCC. The next enrollment period is Fall 2020. This application is open with a deadline of July 1st, 2020.


Nurses ready to rise to the next level in their careers can enroll in our 42-credit M.S.N. degree. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is required for admission. The next enrollment period is Fall 2020. This application is open with a deadline of July 1st, 2020.

Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate Program

A Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate/ APRN certificate program is available for nurses who have earned a master's degree. Students seeking this certification will complete the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student's gap analysis for course of study. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and national board certification are required, as appropriate.The next enrollment period is Fall 2020. This application is open with a deadline of June 1st, 2020.


Course of Study

Graduate Nursing Core (24 credits)

NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 credits)
NSG 502 Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
NSG 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing (3 credits)
NSG 505 Health Policy and Politics for Advancing
Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NSG 530 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NSG 533 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NSG 590 Scholarly Review (3 credits)

 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (18 credits)

NSG 526 Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NSG 527 Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Clinical Modalities (3 credits)
NSG 535 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)
NSG 536 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)
NSG 550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners (2 credits)
NSG 556 Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations (2 credits)
NSG 552 Psychopharmacology (2 credits)
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