Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The distance-accessible (within Indiana) 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
Upon completion of your degree, 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)
  • 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)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery
  • 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. 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 distance-accessible courses that offer the option of attending class in-person or from a distance via videoconferencing technology. 
  • Students arrange their own clinical placements with support from IUSON faculty and staff; all clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana.
  • 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.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is January 15th, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email by April 1st.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.