Master of Science in Nursing / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (RN to MSN)
Rivier University

Program Details

The online MSN / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program allows Registered Nurses to gain the advanced skills and hands-on experience necessary to advance their career into the specialty field of mental health services. Students in this degree program learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and groups with psychiatric disorders and other mental health needs.

PMHNPs create treatment plans for their patients, including providing psychotherapy and prescribing medications. Students in this RN to MSN specialty program online gain the knowledge and skills needed for advanced practice healthcare roles. In addition to clinical expertise, students gain valuable critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.

Coursework covers topics such as:

  • Psychiatric nursing theory
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health assessment
  • Quality healthcare improvement
  • Health policy
  • Research design

% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Some College

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires an active, unencumbered RN nursing license
  • Must have completed an associate or diploma nursing program

Restricted States

California, Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Wyoming