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Online MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Advance Your Nursing Career in Psychiatric Mental Health

2.5 years

ANCC Exam Preparation

Sacred Heart University’s 42-credit MSN PMHNP program is designed for BSN-prepared nurses who wish to advance as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs). Students gain the expertise required for specialized, psychiatric APRNs. This credential is vital for those looking to achieve certification and APRN licensure in psychiatric mental health.

For students with an RN who are looking for a fast track to their MSN FNP or MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree, Sacred Heart is offering new RN-MSN FNP and RN-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs beginning in Fall 2024. Call 877-791-7181 to speak with an Enrollment Counselor.

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What Makes Us Unique?

Students develop the skills to manage the care of patients with mental health conditions, while faculty experts provide a close mentoring relationship, while residency experiences support hands-on learning skills.

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  • Duration 2.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $955
  • Credit Hours 42

Program Benefits

  • Prepare for the certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Learn from practicing clinical experts
  • Specialize your MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health

Become Licensed as an APRN in Psychiatric Mental Health

Graduates from the MSN PMHNP program emerge with expanded professional skills that allow them to care for a patient’s mental and emotional needs in various healthcare settings at all stages of life. In addition to conceptual knowledge and hands-on mastery, Sacred Heart nurses learn from clinical experts in an environment that prioritizes social justice and concern for the common good, resulting in advanced healthcare professionals invested in positively shaping their communities.

Independently Manage the Care of Patients with Psychiatric Mental Health Conditions

In addition to enhancing patient care and career opportunities, earning the PMHNP can help nurses meet the growing demand for mental health nurse professionals. With more than 30,000 jobs projected to open each year for qualified practitioners1. PMHNP graduates will be able to successfully step into roles in hospitals, outpatient care settings, and more.

Career Outlook

An Online Curriculum for Expert Nurse Practitioners

Transfer up to 9 credits

Complete courses part-time

Sacred Heart core courses include Health Care Policy and Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice, Advanced Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Primary Care of Families in Complex Systems and more. In addition, all programs supplement online coursework with in-person residencies and 540 hours of required practicum experience so nurses graduate with confidence in the skills they need to prepare for certification and, eventually, licensure.

Curriculum Details

Admission Requirements

Transfer up to 9 credit hours

No GRE/GMAT required

Students who apply to the MSN PMHNP program choose to embark on the next stage of their career with the support of an education that readies them to treat patients in mind, body and soul. Admissions requirements to apply to this program include the following:

DegreeBSN from an accredited college
TranscriptsUnencumbered RN license
Other RequirementsPrerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics and research
Minimum 3.0 GPA
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Tuition and Fees

$40,110 Tuition

$955 per Credit Hour

By investing in Sacred Heart’s MSN-PMHNP program, nurses can acquire the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a highly sought-after specialty in the nursing field. This advanced degree can help open up new career paths and leadership opportunities within healthcare organizations, allowing nurses to have a greater impact on patient care and outcomes.

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program.

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What You’ll Learn

Students in Sacred Heart’s online MSN PMHNP degree will learn to assess, diagnose and treat patients at different life stages with a range of physical, mental and emotional healthcare needs. Upon completion, graduates will have the conceptual and practical knowledge to provide—and promote—equitable, high-quality care in their communities.

Program Outcomes

Online Study at Sacred Heart University

By enrolling in Sacred Heart University’s online program, students gain access to a team of supportive faculty and expert student services. Online study includes:

  • A flexible, asynchronous format
  • An experienced and caring faculty
  • 24/7 IT Support
  • Full-time and part-time flexibility
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

You can complete the program in just 2.5 years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition is $955 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 42 total credits for a total tuition of $40,110. You can review all tuition costs here.

Tuition for the MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is $40,110, which does not include additional fees that may arise, including technology or textbooks. You need to complete 42 credits at $955. You can review all tuition costs here.

No, prior work experience is not required. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Yes, the online MSN–Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program accepts up to nine transfer credits. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

The requirements for the online MSN–Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program include:

  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, health assessment and research (30 hours or greater)

You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

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  1. “Nursing at Sacred Heart University.” Retrieved April 20, 2023, from
  2. “Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners,” Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved April 13, 2023, from