Apr 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN

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Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing is to be Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed in preparing qualified persons to serve a diverse population through the holistic profession of nursing.

Components for Learning

At AU, we offer a flexible program catered to you, the working nurse. If you are a RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you can apply directly to the MSN program.

All classes are offered online, so you can learn anywhere. You will still meet your cohort and professors in person during a 2-3 day session, held once per semester for four consecutive semesters.

In addition to coursework, you will complete hands-on clinical training. Your clinical and in-class experiences at AU will prepare you for the standardized national examinations you must take to become certified to practice in your field.

Special Requirements for Admission

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 averaged from all nursing degree programs.
  • Active and unencumbered RN license
  • CPR certification
  • Current immunization record by start of program

Application Process

  • Complete online application and pay application fee
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all former academic institutions
  • Resume

The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track is a 49 credit hour program designed to train nurses to function at the level of an Advanced Practice Nurse and be eligible to test with the American Nurses Credentialing Center to obtain board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  This mostly online program can be completed in four semesters, full time and incorporates 500 clinical hours in all populations (pediatrics, adolescents, adults, older adults) and are well positioned to assume roles in a variety of settings that treat those with mental illness, addictions, or other emotional problems.  Students come to campus 2-3 days mid semester to meet faculty, interact with their classmates, and learn new skills to help them to be successful in their field. 

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