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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Breiseth Hall 570-408-4234 (T) 570-408-7846 (F) • Email

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide primary mental health care to patients. Focused clinical practice prepares the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner to provide comprehensive care in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient offices, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities. Nurse practitioners in the psychiatric/mental health field assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness with therapy, rehabilitation, and prescriptive drugs. Graduates of the program will earn a master’s degree and are eligible to sit for national certification examinations.

Online format
The 42-credit Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.

*Residency Requirement

An on-site residency is required for students enrolled in NSG500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills.  In addition, students in the following clinical courses may be required to complete an on-site residency based upon the location of the clinical practice siteDuring residency, direct supervision and evaluation of the student will be completed by nurse practitioner faculty at their designated clinical practice sites. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course Residency.

  • NSG 535 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing I
  • NSG 536 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing II


  1. Graduation from an approved baccalaureate program in nursing.
  2. Licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  3. One year of clinical experience prior to clinical practicum.
  4. A GPA from the original program of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. An undergraduate statistics course.
  6. An undergraduate research course.
  7. Evidence of health assessment skills.
  8. A statement of professional goals. These goals should relate to the goals of the graduate program in nursing at Wilkes.
  9. Two letters of recommendation.
  10. Personal interview.

A student whose background is judged to be deficient in any area will be evaluated individually and a program plan which will remedy the deficiency will be developed. Courses to remedy such deficiency do not carry graduate credits.

Post-Graduate Certificate Program

A Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate program is available for advanced practice nurses who have earned a master’s degree. Students seeking this certification will complete the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study.

Admission Requirements

    • Master’s or Doctoral degree with a major in nursing from a program approved by either The National League for Nursing (NLN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    • GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Current Registered nurse license.
    • Two years of recent professional experience in nursing
    • Personal interview
    • Completed application for admission to graduate Studies, including academic transcripts
    • Two letters of reference from health care professionals attesting to the candidate’s clinical expertise
    • Statement of professional goals

Course of Study

Graduate Nursing Core (24 Credits)

  • NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NSG 502 Advanced Nursing Research
  • NSG 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing
  • NSG 505 Health Care Policy and Models of Care
  • NSG 530 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
  • NSG 533 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NSG 590 Scholarly Review

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum 
(18 Credits)

  • NSG 526 Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NSG 527 Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Clinical Modalities
  • NSG 535 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I
  • NSG 536 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II
  • NSG 550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners
  • NSG 551 Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations
  • NSG 552 Psychopharmacology



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