Welcome to FNU’s new Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program. Frontier has a strong tradition of being an innovator in nurse practitioner education and we are among the Top 30 online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report. As a Frontier student, your home community will be your classroom, and you will get to know the needs of your region through meaningful assignments and clinical experience. If you are an innovator, a trailblazer and a changemaker, Frontier is the place for you. Come join our community so that you can make a difference in yours!
Heather Shlosser, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Interim Program Director, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Frontier Nursing University
What is a Psychiatric-Mental Health NP?
Mental health nursing is the nursing practice committed to promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders, and comorbid conditions across the lifespan (Source: Scope & Standards of Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 2nd edition, 2014). The FNU Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track educates students for advanced practice to improve mental health care and overall health status of communities with a focus on individuals across the lifespan and populations in rural and underserved areas.
FNU’s New Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP):
All students seeking to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner can be admitted to one of the following programs:
- Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) only (39 credit hours)
- Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) + Companion DNP program (65 credit hours)
In the Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) program, students who successfully complete the program of study for the PMHNP will receive a post-graduate certificate with eligibility for the national certification exam as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Completion of the PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) requires 39 credits, with the option for a 15 month or 18 month plan of study.
For students who desire to pursue the the PGC and also a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the PGC + Companion DNP program option will be the best fit. This plan of study allows for the completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate and gives students the option to continue seamlessly into the Companion DNP curriculum – without having to reapply – to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students seeking the PGC + Companion DNP will complete approximately 65 total credits depending on gap analysis review of previous transcripts and identification of any additional courses needed. Completing the DNP degree is highly recommended.
Applicants must have a master’s or higher degree in nursing and currently hold national certification in one of the following advance practice registered nurse specialties to apply:
- Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
- Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Geriatric-Adult Nurse Practitioner (GANP)
- Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
In FNU’s distance education programs, your home community serves as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community. Our curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse practitioner, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in the healthcare system.
Future Plans for FNU’s PMHNP Program:
In 2018, the PMHNP specialty track will expand to registered nurses seeking the Masters of Nursing Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) with entry options for bachelor’s prepared RNs in addition to the ADN Bridge Entry Option for associate’s prepared RNs. Successful completion of the plan of study and graduation allows students to apply for the national certification exam. Students are encouraged to continue their doctoral studies in the FNU Companion DNP.