Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner: Online master’s degree
Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (MS)
- Program type: Master’s degree
- Academic home: Sinclair School of Nursing
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Delivery mode: Blended, some campus visits required
- Credit hours: 44
- Estimated program cost: $26,349.70*
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
How an online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner MS(N) degree can help you
A MS(N) in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from MU can help you enhance your career in psychiatric and mental health. Continue working as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance. Learn from experienced practicing faculty who belong to a network of nurses across the nation.
Students who pursue the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner MS(N) will:
- Fill the immense need for psychiatric providers in the U.S. and beyond;
- Learn to provide mental health care across the lifespan — for adults, children, adolescents and their families;
- Be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Program structure and topics
This program is blended: You may complete all course work online but an on-campus visit is required once per year.
Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you want to study part time, the program will most likely take you three years to complete.
Seamless BSN-to-DNP with an MS(N) option
This MS(N) program makes it easy for you to continue your education and earn your DNP if you choose. With this program, you have the opportunity to sit for your APRN certification and start earning more while you’re starting your DNP course work. Courses have a focus on supporting you as you transition to practicing as an APRN.
Meet our faculty
Nancy Birtley, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Teaching Professor
Nancy has been a psychiatric nurse since 1987. She has extensive experience in various roles, such as staff RN, nurse manager, psychiatric liaison nurse, nurse educator and advanced practice nurse. Nancy holds certification as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner and is owner of a private practice providing psychiatric consultations in long term care facilities.
This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing