Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The primary goal of the Psychiatric Mental Health specialty track is to prepare graduates for professional opportunities as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs). Nurses completing the specialty are qualified and eligible to take the PMHNP certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Graduates are prepared to provide mental health services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including primary care, to children, adolescents and adults across the lifespan. This includes the categories of mental health disorders, substance abuse and comorbid disorders.

Coursework and clinical experiences and the use of evidence-based practice facilitates allows our students to acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for certification as nurse practitioners. Our central location, class schedules and preceptors throughout the state conveniently accommodate both part-time and full-time students. Our specialty meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of both the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification.

At the heart of our master’s program are active, collaborative relationships between the College of Nursing faculty and community-based mental health programs as well as The Ohio State University Medical Center’s teaching hospitals. As part of the country’s most comprehensive health sciences center, our students benefit from access to cutting-edge research, evidence-based practices, a diverse selection of elective courses and interdisciplinary collaboration among healthcare professionals.

Barbara Jones Warren
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan Specialty Track Director

Message from the Director

Our psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track will prepare you to provide mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. 


Graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to: 

  • Provide mental health promotion and primary behavioral health care for individuals who have or are at risk for mental health and chemical dependency problems across the lifespan
  • Put theory and research into practice with individuals, groups, families and communities
  • Design, implement and evaluate behavioral health care strategies
  • Utilize leadership skills to effect positive change in policies
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession

Specialty Curriculum

  • Nursing 7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts
  • Nursing 7341 Advanced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing 7338.01 Pediatric Primary Care Practicum I (Didactic portion only for child development requirement)
  • Nursing 7348.01 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical Practicum I
  • Nursing 7348.02 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical Practicum II


Clinical Courses

Our specialty provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio and in other approved states where students may reside. Students collaboratively interact with all members of healthcare team. However, their clinical experiences must be precepted by PMHNPs and/or psychiatrists. Students must complete 600 clinical hours during their final year of study.


Sample Curriculum

A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook