Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner–Lifespan track 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. As a PMHNP, 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. You will develop the skills necessary for work in case management, professional leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration across a wide range of health care settings including:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Ambulatory care settings
  • Government agencies
  • Private group practice
  • Hospital settings
Graduates are eligible to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan). Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, graduates qualify 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)
  • P675 Substance Use/Abuse (3 cr)
  • P677 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP I (4 cr/75 clinical hrs)
  • P680 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP II (5 cr/225 clinical hrs)
  • P682 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP III (5 cr/225 clinical hrs)

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Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time plan of study.
  • A limited number of two-year/full-time plans of study may be offered when space allows.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-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 held via videoconference. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes six on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • PMHNP Courses (20 credits) are hybrid-distance courses that combine independent online coursework with required synchronous class sessions attended via videoconference. 
  • Clinical placements are arranged cooperatively by students and IUSON faculty.
  • All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license. 
  • One year of full-time RN experience at the time of application. Psychiatric nursing experience is preferred but not required.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application provided it is completed prior to the start of the program.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission into the PMHNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is February 15, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email by April 11, 2022.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.