Nursing—Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MS

The School of Nursing offers specialized and flexible program options in psychiatric mental health nursing. Part-time and full-time programs are available. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and early evening hours to accommodate the multiple responsibilities of adult learners.

  • For nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing, the Master of Science (MS) option is a 43-semester-hour program.
  • For nurses with master’s preparation in other nursing specialties, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) option is a 24-semester-hour program.
  • For those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in a related (non-nursing) field, a direct-entry program is available.

Upon completion of the psychiatric mental health advanced-practice nursing graduate program curriculum, graduates are eligible to sit for available national certification exams in their area of practice.

Please visit Bouvé College Learning Outcomes for the specific student learning outcomes for this program.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

Required Core
NRSG 6281Dimensions of Clinical Practice3
NRSG 6282Clinical Psychopharmacology3
NRSG 6283Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders3
NRSG 6286Contemporary Psychotherapies—Theory and Practice3
NRSG 5118Healthcare System and Professional Role Development3
NRSG 5121Epidemiology and Population Health3
NRSG 5117Advanced Pharmacology2
NRSG 5126Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice3
NRSG 6115Health Assessment3
NRSG 6480Psychiatric Practicum across the Life Span 15
NRSG 6481Psychiatric Practicum across the Life Span 25
NRSG 7105Translating Research Evidence into Practice3
NRSG 7110Evidence-Based Practice Research Application2


Complete 2 semester hours in the following subject area:2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

43 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required