Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

At Regis College, we believe in promoting holistic care. For many patients and families, that includes mental wellness. That’s why we offer an online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NP). Our mental health nursing degree is designed to help the next wave of NPs master the skills and mindset needed to aid patients seeking mental health care – all without leaving their role.

What can you do with a psychiatric mental health nursing degree?

Where do psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners work?


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Our curriculum can prepare you for new leadership opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN


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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 49-64

Application Deadlines:

Fall: 07/05/2021
Spring: 11/02/2021

Upcoming Start Dates:

Fall: 08/30/2021
Spring: 01/04/2022

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Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals, which means our PMHNP program incorporates insider perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands to help you build those skills. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities such as: critical thinking, professional and interpersonal communication, effective decision making, patience and more.

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100% online, flexible learning environment

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Complete in as few as 28-36 months

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Qualify to sit for ANCC certification

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At 92%, our NP exam pass rates exceed national average*


Transfer credits accepted

*based on Regis 2019 online & on-campus NP exam pass rates

Psychiatric Mental Health Practice by the Numbers

$104,767 The average salary for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to (2020)

2% The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric mental health care, with top clinical foci as psychiatric care (66.2%) and top practice setting as psych/mental health facilities (28.7%) (AANP 2019)

Psychiatric mental health practice is ranked No. 10 among the “Top 10 MSN Degree Specializations” by

Regis offers a tuition discount to our organizational partners. Find out if you qualify.


Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.


Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).


Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing

What can you do with an MSN PMHNP degree?

With the decrease in stigma in recent years, more people, including military veterans, are pursuing mental health treatment and understanding the benefits of mental wellness. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners help these segments of the population and their families by performing a variety of tasks, including:

Helping patients regain or improve their coping abilities

Assisting patients with self-care activities

Consulting with medical and mental health professionals as part of a treatment team

Educating patients and families about mental health conditions

Connecting patients with available resources and services

Assessing patient condition, monitoring progress, and administering treatment plans and medication

While psychiatric mental health nurse practice is a specialized area in the nurse practitioner role, you may choose to further specialize your career beyond the PMHNP title by focusing on specific illnesses or patient populations upon graduation. Some of your choices include:

Children and Adolescents


Eating Disorders



Correctional facilities

Where do psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners work?

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner online program prepares RNs for an in-demand field that requires a robust yet specialized skill set and a high level of emotional intelligence. Beyond direct patient care, PMHNPs can work as psychiatric primary care providers, psychotherapists, consultants, and educators. They can also work in a variety of settings, including:


Privately owned clinics

Outpatient facilities

Long-term care centers

Mental health facilities

Home health services

Community health organizations


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About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”


President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.

When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.


Let’s move forward

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.