Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


This program prepares students to provide comprehensive psychiatric mental healthcare to those who are symptomatic in need of psychiatric services. Care continuum sites for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice includes ambulatory care settings, acute care, long-term care, and community health facilities.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults as well as mature adults experiencing a continuum of psychiatric illnesses.

▼   NP Clinical Skills Intensive

All students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend a virtual mandatory Clinical Skills Intensive session during the fall term in which they are registered for CMN 548 and CMN 551. Students have the opportunity to request their preferred session on a first come, first serve basis through the simulation department after the request is sent out during the spring term.  Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. 

Please note the dates listed are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric (Family) NP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates:

  • October 10, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 12, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 14, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 17, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 19, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 21, 2022 (Virtual Only)
  • October 24, 2022 (Virtual Only)

Please note the dates listed are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates:

▼   Credentialing

Upon successful completion, our program allows the student to be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Certification Exam for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan). The credential earned with passing the ANCC Certification Exam is PMHNP-BC. Students who enroll in this program must be prepared to work with children, adolescents, and adults to ensure that they are proficiently trained to administer psychiatric care to all ages, genders, and cultures.

▼   Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Psychiatric Family NP Specialty Courses
CMN 548 - Intro to Family Psych NP 3 credit hours
CMN 551 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psych NP 2 credit hours
CMN 552 - Family Psych NP I 3 credit hours
CMN 553 - Family Psych NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
CMN 554 - Family Psych NP II 3 credit hours
CMN 555 - Family Psych NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
CMN 556 - Family Psych NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
CMN 557 - Family Psych NP III 3 credit hours
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours
NU 450 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 credit hours
NU 452 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Kirsten Pancione for more information about this specialty: