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
Upcoming Start Dates:
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.
Psychiatric Mental Health Practice by the Numbers
$104,767 The average salary for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Payscale.com (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 Nursejournal.org
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
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
Long-term care centers
Mental health facilities
Home health services
Community health organizations
Meet our Faculty
Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Associate Dean, Graduate Online NursingView Full Bio of Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Tom Kannon, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Dean for Graduate Online Nursing and Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio of Tom Kannon, DNP, PMHNP-BC
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.