There is great demand for mental health nurse practitioners as more people seek help for mental illness and disease and many psychiatrists reach retirement. Through Frostburg State University’s mental health nurse practitioner program RNs gain the knowledge and skills needed to help fill this need.
This MSN with a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares students to work with mental health patients of all ages. You will learn to diagnose mental health illnesses and diseases, prescribe medications and other treatments, and more as you gain a broad understanding of the discipline of nursing and the expanded role of the mental health nurse practitioner. Courses include:
- Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan
- Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan
- Psychiatric Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan
- Physical Health Issues Common in Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan
While all qualified nurses are welcome in this online psychiatric nursing program, those who work or live in rural, medically underserved areas are the targeted student demographic. Coursework includes the special needs of rural health populations woven throughout.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Criminal Background Check, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- This program requires eight on-campus immersions over seven semesters.
- Applicants should have at least two years of clinical experience, including one year in a medical-surgical setting and one year in a mental health setting.
- Applicants must have a BSN from an accredited nursing program.