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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Careers

Meet the Need for Mental Health Professionals

2.5 years

ANCC or AANP Exam Preparation

  • 40% projected job growth by 20301
  • Over $120,000 average salary1

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality mental and emotional healthcare to patients across the lifespan. As the need for mental health care increases by more than 60% for disorders including depression, anxiety and more3, earning the online MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree at Sacred Heart can open up a range of career opportunities that allow you to make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. Qualified in assessment, diagnosis, planning and evaluation, and empowered to prescribe medication, provide psychotherapy and more, PMHNPs are highly valued team members that are sought out across healthcare settings.

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Succeed in Diverse Settings with Your MSN-PMHNP

Graduates who become psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners can expect an average salary between $120,0001 and $129,0002, and can position themselves for employment in a range of settings, including:

  • Community mental health clinics
  • Inpatient psychiatric units
  • Private psychiatric practices
  • Substance abuse treatment centers

Thrive Professionally—and Personally—as a PMHNP

Earning a PMHNP degree can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career with long-term benefits. You can also experience a strong return on investment, as the demand for mental health care providers who can meet patients’ evolving needs continues to grow. By obtaining a PMHNP degree, you can position yourself to achieve long-term career success while making a difference in the lives of others.

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

  • Advanced knowledge and skills to care for patients across the lifespan
  • Provide diagnostic assessments and develop treatment plans based on patient needs
  • Prescribe psychopharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments
  • Master evidence-based practices to achieve positive patient outcomes

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Put philosophical and theoretical traditions of nursing science into action
  • Lead interprofessional teams to develop and evaluate plans of care
  • Implement health policies while advocating for equitable and sustainable healthcare
  • Model leadership that embraces self-care, curiosity, advocacy, mentorship and service

Guidance Beyond Graduation

More than 98 percent of Sacred Heart alumni are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

Our Center for Career & Professional Development provides support to help you find your next opportunity and continue to grow outside of class.

Handshake Access

Tap into our online recruiting system exclusively for Sacred Heart students, featuring job opportunities from 10,000+ employers.

Career Coaching

Work one-on-one with a Sacred Heart career counselor to define your professional goals, practice for upcoming job interviews and more.

Extensive Network

Meet potential employers and connect with a network of 35,000+ Sacred Heart alumni in person and on LinkedIn.

Résumé Workshops

Get your résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile critiqued by peers and career-development experts to stand out from your competition.


  1. “Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners,” Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved April 13, 2023, from
  2. “What Is the Average Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary by State,” Retrieved April 13, 2023, from
  3. “Increased need for mental health care strains capacity”. Retrieved April 20, 2023, from,symptoms%20among%20patients%20in%202022