Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

Master of science in nursing University of Missouri
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

Sinclair School of Nursing

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required


Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Career prospects

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.

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Program structure

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.


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

Part time


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MS at the Sinclair School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Faculty spotlight

Nancy Birtley

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.

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing