1. What is the PMHNP?

The PMHNP or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track is designed for registered nurses who are ready to pursue graduate education that will lead to a psychiatric, primary care focused, and advanced practice nursing role.

2. When does the PMHNP track start?

The track admits in the Fall (begins in August) and Spring (begins in January). The enrollment period for the Fall start is December - June 30. The enrollment period for the Spring start is July 1 - November 30.

3. How long does it take to complete the track?

This is an 18 month program, over a total of five semesters. Students take no more than 2 classes at one time to promote a healthy work, life, school balance.

4. How many practice experience hours expected?

Track is 46 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

5. Is the track online?

The track is offered in an online format with 1-2 day Immersions starting in the third semester of the program.

6. What specialty coursework is required?

  • NURS 531: Applied Psychopharmacology (3)
  • NURS 583: Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders in the Adult Patient [150 clinical hours] (6)
  • NURS 584: Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders in the Geriatric Patient [150 clinical hours] (6)
  • NURS 585: Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders in the Pediatric Patient [200 clinical hours] (7)

7. What is the cost of the program?

The total program cost is approximately $35,875. Financial aid is available.

8. When do clinicals start?

Direct clinicals will start the third semester of the program. Students will need to have a site secured by the end of the second semester of the program.

9. Is there assistance with clinical site setup?

MCCN has a full-time Clinical Coordinator that can provide students with resources to find appropriate preceptors to complete their hours and have a well rounded clinical experience. It is the student's responsibility to secure a preceptor for each clinical experience to ensure they meet the required hours for graduation.

10: Are there specific clinical requirements students must meet?

Students must complete 500 direct clinical hours. These hours are composed of a minimum of 25 adult psychiatric encounters, a minimum of 25 pediatric psychiatric encounters (<18 years old), a minimum of 25 geriatric psychiatric encounters, and a minimum of 25 direct clinical hours related to therapy in their clinical rotations. There is no minimum on telehealth hours.

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