Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Note: Applications for the Fall 2019 PMHNP cohort have closed. Applications for Fall 2020 will begin being accepted in September 2019.

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner–lifespan program uses a wide range of advanced practice learning experiences to prepare you in the assessment, diagnosis, clinical management, and prevention of mental illness across the lifespan. You will develop the skills necessary for work in case management, professional leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration across a wide range of health care settings.

This distance-accessible track allows you to attend most classes without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; however, it is not a completely online program. There are some required on-campus classes, and you will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology. Clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.

As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, you will use theory and research to guide and improve nursing care. You will make important and unique contributions to health care by developing innovative, quality patient care that is more cost-efficient; collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to coordinate healthcare services in order to restore wellness; and managing research protocols and developing research utilization projects.

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan). Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you are qualified to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensing Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)

  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)

PMHNP Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)

  • P510 Neuro-Psychopharmacology (3 cr)
  • P652 Interprofessional Treatment of Substance Abuse (3 cr)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice in PMH I (4 cr)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice in PMH II (5 cr)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice in PMH III (5 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery

  • Courses follow a traditional 15-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • PMHNP Courses (20 credits) are primarily distance-accessible courses that offer the option of attending class in-person or from a distance via videoconferencing technology. P652 Interprofessional Treatment of Substance Use includes approximately 4 on-campus discussion days that must be attended in-person.
  • Please see the PMHNP Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.

Admission Timeline

  • Admission into the PMHNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is January 15th, 2020.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email in mid-March.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.