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, addiction and comorbid mental health services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings such as primary care, schools, community and business settings. PMHNPs are able to provide care for children, adolescents and all ages of adults across the lifespan.

Through coursework and clinical experiences, our faculty help students to acquire the evidence-based knowledge, values and skills necessary for their roles as PHMNPs. 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
Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track

Message from the Director

Our psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track will prepare you to provide evidence-based mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults of all ages.

Skills

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 7331: Assessment and Management of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues
  • Nursing 7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts
  • Nursing 7341 Advanced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing 7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I
  • Nursing 7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II
  • Nursing 7348.03: Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing III
Sample Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Spring  
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7341 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Therapies Across the Lifespan 4
Total credit hours 14
   
Summer  
N7331 Assessment and Management of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7350 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3
N7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I 4
Total credit hours 12
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II 11
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Spring  
N7348.03 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 3
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 5
   
Spring  
N7341 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Therapies Across the Lifespan 4
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 11
   
Summer  
N7331 Assessment and Management of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues 4
N7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I 4
N7350 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II 11
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7348.03 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Summer Credit Hours
N6100 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 2
N6410 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
N6420 A Nursing Perspective: Life span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 7
N6430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N6260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
N6280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship2 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Year 2
 
Summer  
N6240(S) Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
N6340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Autumn  
N6271 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II 8
N6480 Quality Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice1 1
N7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
Total credit hours 12
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7341 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Therapies Across the Lifespan 4
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 14
   
Year 3
 
Summer  
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I 4
N7350 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3
Total credit hours 9
   
Autumn  
N7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II 11
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 14
   
Spring  
N7348.03 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
1 Students must take N6480 prior to N7483
2 Students must take N7780 prior to NCLEX
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing* 3
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7341 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Therapies Across the Lifespan* 4
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 11
   
Summer  
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3
N7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I* 4
N7350 Psychophamarcology Across the Lifespan 3
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II* 11
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7348.03 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health* 9
Master’s comprehensive exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (Optional) 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 87
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7340 Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing* 3
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
N7341 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Therapies* 4
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 11
   
Summer  
N7331 Assessment & Management of Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3
N7348.01 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing I* 4
N7350 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7348.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing II* 11
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7348.03 Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health* 9
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies (optional) 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 87
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
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.

FAQs

Ryan Riggs
Ryan Riggs, graduate

“The reputation of Ohio State’s College of Nursing stands alone; its graduates boast an overly qualified, diverse and dynamic team who are passionate about protecting and shaping the landscape of mental healthcare.”