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. 2018 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 98% 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 the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

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.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60051: Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology of Major Psychiatric Disorders / 4 credits
  • NURS 60012: Advanced Mental Health Assessment and Psychopathology / 4 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60151: Individual Psychotherapy / 3 credits
  • NURS 61592: Individual Psychotherapy Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse / 3 credits
  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • NURS 62592: Medication Management and Individual Therapy Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60015: Advanced Health Assessment / 3 credits
  • NURS 60251: Family and Group Psychotherapy / 3 credits
  • NURS 63592: Family and Group Psychotherapy Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60353: Individual, Organization and Community Consultation / 3 credits
  • NURS 64592: Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum IV: Nurse Practitioner Role (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

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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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Wendy Umberger
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs


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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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