In accordance with the American Nurses Association’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, the PMH Family NP is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in nursing who is prepared to administer advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care to individuals throughout their life.

The role of the PMH Family NP includes comprehensive psychiatric mental health assessment and diagnosis, medication management, and the use of advanced psychotherapeutic modalities, such as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Graduate preparation allows the PMH Family NP to expand his/her role to include the use of evidence-based practice, health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation (American Nurses Credentialing Center).

In addition to a capstone course and practicum that allows the student to understand the role of the PMH Family NP, four clinical courses covering advanced psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups across the life span, consultation/liaison nursing in organizations and communities, and primary care concepts related to psychiatric mental health advanced nursing practice compose the psychiatric mental health nursing curricula. PMH Family NP students also take courses in advanced psychopathology and psychopharmacology and core graduate nursing courses in nursing theory, research, health policy, and ethics/culture.

All successful graduates of the PMH Family NP concentration possess educational requirements to apply for:

The PMH Family NP concentration offers:         

  • Full- and part-time plans of study
  • Mentoring from faculty whom are active and nationally honored researchers
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for graduates during and after the program
  • Many online course offerings

Graduates of the PMH Family NP concentration typically take positions in:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes
  • Private Practice
  • Primary Care Settings
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

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Concentration Director  

Shelia WebsterSheila Webster
Associate Lecturer


Post-Master's Certificates

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing. For more information, requirements, and employment information about the Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner (PMHFNP) post-master's certificates, see the following links: