Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Kent State's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner master's concentration will prepare you to provide advanced psychiatric nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan.

Today, many Americans do not have access to mental health services, in part due to a lack of qualified mental health professionals. Nurses who become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) help bridge this gap and provide holistic care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration builds on core advanced practice nursing knowledge and focuses on knowledge and skill development in mental health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, prescribing and medication management, and advanced therapeutic modalities such as individual, group, and family psychotherapy.

In this role, you may be employed in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, primary care, emergency settings, correctional facilities, and on consultation/liaison teams in hospitals.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the ANCC examination for the Psychiatric Mental Health NP. 2020 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 94% on board certification examinations.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Classes are held 100% online and delivered by expert nurses via leading edge instructional technology.
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for graduates during and after the program

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in Ohio

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Psychiatric Mental Health NP concentration is 46 credit hours which includes 600 practicum hours. Options for part-time plans of study are also available.


Kent State University is authorized to offer the Psychiatric Mental Health NP program in the following states:*

  • California    
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina    
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

* In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able to offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates (1) non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult with their State licensing/certification agency and official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program (2) any student that is planning to move or practice in a different state after having been admitted to either the RN BSN, MSN, Certificate, or DNP programs must immediately inform the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911 to determine whether or not he/she can continue in the program.

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Post-Master's Certificates

We also offer a Psych Mental Health NP post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing.

Learn more about the Psychiatric Mental Health NP certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Psychiatric Mental Health NP course instructors:

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James K. Tudhope
Concentration Coordinator

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Andrea Warner Stidham
Ph.D., MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

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Andrea L. Nelson


Get to know all of the MSN Faculty

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's PMHNP master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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