Nurse Practitioner Programs

Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners provide mental health care to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. As a student in our program, you will work to develop expertise in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology management of mental health challenges and psychiatric disorders. 

This program is offered completely online with short on campus residencies designed to enhance access to students throughout NY state. This innovative model balances flexible and supportive online learning experiences with rich, hands-on practice opportunities guided by our expert faculty. 

Graduates of our program provide access to vital mental health services across the health care continuum, including acute and community based services (i.e. inpatient and outpatient mental health services, chemical dependency, school-based programs, private practice). In addition to traditional psychiatric settings, PMHNPs are also located in primary care and acute medical settings working to expand the efforts of behavioral health integration.

Live or work in the Finger Lakes region? You may be eligible for our 50% Finger Lakes Regional Scholarship.

Degree plan

To earn your master’s degree as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner you will need to complete 54 credits and 616 clinical hours.

Professional Core

Course Title Credits
NUR 400 Research Principles for Evidence-Based Practice 5 credits
NUR 403 Ethics and Public Policy in the Health Care System 3 credits
NUR 401 The Writing Workshop 1 credit
NUR 419 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 407 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 4 credits

Clinical Specialty

Course Title Credits
NUR 450 Psychopathology and Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan 5 credits
NUR 451 Individual Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan 4 credits
NUR 452 Pathophysiology and Psychopharmacology of Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan I 3 credits
NUR 453 Pathophysiology and Psychopharmacology of Mental Health Disorders across the Lifespan II 3 credits
NUR 455 Theoretical Frameworks for Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Practice 3 credits
NUR 456 Practicum in Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role I 3 credits
168 clinical hours
NUR 457 Practicum in Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role II 4 credits
224 clinical hours
NUR 458 Practicum in Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role III 4 credits
224 clinical hours
NUR 454 Group and Family Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan 3 credits
NUR 415 Advanced Health Assessment -- Lifespan 4 credits

NUR 493 Comprehensive Examination 0 credits

Total course hours: 52
Total clinical hours: 616