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Expand your career in nursing and help restore individuals to a higher level of mental health

The Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner serves as an educator, consultant, prescriber, therapist and researcher to enhance life quality for individuals with mental illness, and to prevent mental illness in high risk populations such as children, the elderly and those with co-occurring medical illness and/or substance abuse.

Shenandoah’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program prepares you with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences to assume the role of a PMHNP in a variety of clinical settings. The program consists of didactic and clinical course content essential to provide psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups within hospitals and community settings.

What Our Program Offers You


What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

Shenandoah’s collaboration with partner universities allows you to complete your core MSN courses at your home university, and complete your PMHNP courses at Shenandoah. The program is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and includes at least 700 clinical hours. You’ll learn:

  • psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups within hospitals and community settings
  • assessment, diagnosis and psychotropic medication management
  • education for students, patients and staff
  • health promotion/maintenance

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Certification PMHNP exam.

Our graduates work as educators, consultants, prescribers, therapists, researchers and in combined roles. Some work in military installations, community mental health centers, child and adolescent settings, private practice with community psychiatrists or as teaching faculty.

What makes our program unique?

You’ll study with students and faculty from other disciplines such as pharmacy, social work, medicine and psychology; and gain valuable clinical experience for providing psychotherapy to a diverse range of populations in a variety of hospitals and community settings.

You can select your program of study based on your experience and area of specialization. Choose from RN-MSN with PMHNP focus, MSN with PMHNP focus, Certificate Post-MSN (post-NP), Concurrent PMHNP-DNP with Mental Health clinical focus, or PMHNP Initiative. Through the PMHNP Initiative, you can complete your core classes at home universities who have a collaborative agreement with our school, and complete the speciality courses at Shenandoah University through our hybrid distance–on-campus option. Clinicals are offered in your community of residence, and select courses are available online.


Course Requirements

Core Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
N 506 Applied Data Analysis 3
N 512 Theory, Research and Reasoning I 3
N 521 Theory, Research and Reasoning II 2
N 532 Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice 3
N 550 Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
N 560 Advanced Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
N 580

Advanced Health Promotion and Assessment Across the Lifespan

(taken concurrently with NLAB 580)

4
PMH 695 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 4
NP 690 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role Development 1
NP 570 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2
NP 570 Advanced Health Assessment Lab 1

Specialty Courses:

Minimum grade of B required in all specialty courses.

Course Title Hrs.
PMH 645 Individual Therapy Theories (taken concurrently with PMHL645) 3
PMH 650 Individual Therapy Practicum 3
PMH 665 Group, Family, Community Theory (taken concurrently with PMHL665) 3
PMH 670 Group, Family, Community Practicum 3
PMH 685 Geriatric Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory 3
PMH 686 Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory 3
HP 576 Substance and Relationship Abuse 3

Clinical Hours:

Course Title Hrs.
 PMHL 645  Individual Therapy Theories Clinical 60
PMH 650 Individual Therapy Practicum 180
PMH 665 Group, Family, Community Theories Clinical  60
PMH 670 Group, Family, Community Practicum 180
PMH 685 Geriatric Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing  7
PMH 695 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 120
NP 570 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics 30
NP 580 Advanced Health Assessment Lab 60
HP 576  Substance and Relationship Abuse  3
  Total 700