Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs

We offer two tracks to reach your educational and professional goals of becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMNHP).  You can choose to either complete only the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-PMNHP or continue on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-Executive Leadership degree.

The advantage to Edgewood College’s program structure is that after receiving the MSN-PMHNP, you can seek certification and work in that capacity while continuing on with your doctoral level coursework to also complete the DNP.

MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner AND
DNP-Executive Leadership


Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee) to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors, and/or colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.
  5. Please complete and essay, no more than 500 words, addressing your ambition to be admitted to the PMHNP Program based upon these questions: 
    1. What makes you believe that you will be a good fit to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner (personality, education, experiences, etc. )? 
    2. In the next five years following the completion of your PMHNP program, what are your goals and dreams in your role as a provider, advocate, and leader in the mental health community?
  6. Currently hold a license as a registered professional nurse.
  7. Prior to beginning the MSN program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their practicum.
  8. Program Directors of the PMHNP program will review all qualified applications and arrange applicant interviews. Program Directors are responsible for making the final decision of students eligible for admission. Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance to the PMHNP program by the SoN Dean. Admission to the PMHNP program is competitive; even students who meet the minimum requirements may not be admitted. Because of enrollment limits in the PMHNP, the School of Nursing may deny admission to qualified students. 

Application Deadlines:

Students are admitted to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program using a rolling admissions format. Eligible applicants successfully applying by May 15th are ensured consideration for admission. Any applications received after May 15th will be considered on a space-availability basis. If space permits, after the May 15th deadline, eligible applicants will be reviewed in a timely manner.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your Masters in Nursing or DNP degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. Remember, completing your graduate degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.

Financing your Edgewood College Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2021-22 year is $1052 per credit (effective Summer 2021). You can expect that cost to rise in the future. Most graduate students are working professionals who take courses part-time.  Typically, a part-time student completes their MSN in 2-3 years.


Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Don’t think you can do it? Edgewood College thinks you can!