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
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director
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 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP):
Applications are being accepted for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Students will be admitted four times a year in winter, spring, summer and fall terms. Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation called Frontier Bound. After didactic course completion and prior to clinical rotations, students will attend a five day on-campus experience called Clinical Bound.
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.
All students seeking to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner can be admitted to one of the following programs:
Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) program:
Certified Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners seeing a specialization in psychiatric-mental health are eligible for FNU’s PMHNP post-graduate certificate program. To qualify for the PGC program you must have an MSN or master's in nursing and currently hold certification as an 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) or women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP).
In the (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 32 credits with an 18 month plan of study. After completion of the PGC students have the option to seamlessly continue to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program without reapplying. Learn more about FNU’s DNP program here.
- Admissions Criteria for PMHNP - PGC
- Apply to the PMHNP Program - PGC
- Admissions Calendar for PMHNP - PGC
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program:
Starting January 2018, qualified registered nurse applicants seeking a master of science in nursing with a psychiatric-mental health specialization will be admitted to FNU’s new PMHNP MSN program. Applications for the first MSN class are now being accepted, and students will be admitted four times a year. To qualify you must be a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in nursing.
For applicants seeking MSN with option of Companion DNP:
- Admissions Criteria for PMHNP - MSN
- Apply to the PMHNP Program - MSN
- Admissions Calendar for PMHNP - MSN