Why choose the Regis online Master of Science in Nursing?

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Earn your degree 100% online

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For those with a BS in Nursing, complete in a little more than 2 years

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Complete in as few as 3 years for associate-level students

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Benefit from no GRE requirement

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Study in a personalized learning environment led by industry experts

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Prepare for advanced, specialized roles within the health field without leaving your current role

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Qualify to sit for ANCC certification

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

At Regis, 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 Practice. Our mental health nursing degree is designed to help the next wave of nurse practitioners master the skills and mindset they need to aid patients seeking mental health care without leaving their current role.

Psychiatric Mental Health nurse practitioners play a significant role in the modern health care system. Our online MSN PMHNP program can help you develop your communication and therapeutic skills, expertise in behavioral sciences, and emotional intelligence so you can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat mental illness in a variety of populations.


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Ranked #16 Master of Science in Nursing programs

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

Psychiatric Mental Health Practice by the Numbers

$91,298 The average salary for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Payscale.com (2016)

3.7% The percentage of nurse practitioners in the U.S. who are PMHNPs, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2015)

Psychiatric mental health practice is ranked No. 7 among the “8 Top Master’s in Nursing Specializations” by Nursejournal.org


Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

Reputation for Academic Excellence
The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. Our MSN is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing, Science & Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Nursing Expertise
At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means our online 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

Strategic planning


Organizational management

Effective decision-making


Dedication to Social Justice
Our commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MSN with a PMHNP specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the medical field by providing patients the knowledge they need to maintain mental health and well-being.

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

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


What can you do with a mental health nursing degree?

Psychiatric mental health is a vital aspect of holistic care. 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

Interpreting and maintaining medical records

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


Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders



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

Home health services


Correctional facilities

Community health organizations

Mental health facilities

Long-term care centers

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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.