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MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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The online MSN Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare students to provide a wide range of mental health services across the lifespan through a bio-psychosocial model of care. It includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice. Students learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services in all settings; the program enables graduates to deliver direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect advanced practice services (consultation, case management and supervision) to individuals who are at risk for and/or require mental health services.

Key Program Features:

  • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions 
  • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC 

This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident and advanced nurse practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and a clinical practicum rotation.**

On-Campus Requirements 

The College of Nursing and Health Professions' NP faculty members are committed to quality and excellence in all online Nurse Practitioner programs. In order to maintain the preeminence of these degrees, campus visits are essential to the program.  The on-campus visits include: 

  • NURS 592 PMHNP I - Summer Residency (3 days)
  • NURS 593 PMHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience (2 days)
  • NURS 594 PMHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience (2 days)
  • NURS 595 PMHNP IV - Spring Residency (3 days)

During the residency visits, students will participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer students direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.


For questions regarding the course of study and curriculum, please contact:
Amanda Pauker
Academic Advisor


Please Note: The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation was released in 2008 to provide a uniform approach to advanced practice licensure, accreditation, certification, and education with a target date of 2015 for full implementation. Subsequently, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties adopted the term “population focus” to describe the scope of preparation for nurse practitioners. The new recognized population foci include across the lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner under which the Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner falls. As a result, the American Nurse Credentialing Center announced the upcoming title change from “Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner” to “Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner” and is creating a new exam to reflect the new competencies that is expected to launch in 2013. The Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam will then be retired and all students will need to meet the requirements of the new exam. Current Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners will maintain their certification, but if their certification lapses they will have to meet the new criteria to be able to sit for the “Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner” exam. Therefore, Drexel’s Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program underwent a curricular revision to become compliant with the new requirements. The revised curriculum was approved and put in place in 2013.  

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