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A specialized degree as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) allows you to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders. They may also serve as consultants or as educators.
Official nameMaster of science in nursing with an emphasis in psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner
CampusUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeSchool of Nursing and Health Studies
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*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.
Our graduates work in outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric emergency services, private practice and hospitals. They also provide primary mental health care that involves continuous and comprehensive services necessary to improve mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance.
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two courses each semester and finish in two and a half years.
Course work includes
- Advanced physiology across the lifespan
- Ethics in practice and research
- Health care policy and advocacy
- Cultural diversity and values
- Health promotion, across the lifespan
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length2.5 years
Typical course load2 courses per semester
Nancy Willis-Smith has worked with UMKC since 2003. She started in Joplin, MO with the distance program, became the Joplin Site Coordinator in 2010 and became the family nurse practitioner track coordinator in 2016. She is double certified as a family nurse practitioner and a women's health nurse practitioner and received her doctor of nursing practice in 2011. She was awarded the "Award of Excellence" for the state of Missouri by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2006. Willis-Smith practices 2 days a week for Ozark's Community Hospital clinics in Webb City and Carthage, MO.