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  • MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


    The accredited online MSN Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare nurses to provide a wide range of mental health services across the lifespan through a bio-psychosocial model of care. It includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice.

    You'll learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services in all settings. The program enables graduates to deliver direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect advanced practice services (consultation, case management and supervision) to those who are at risk for and/or require mental health services.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC

    On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment. Because you're being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident and advanced nurse practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and a clinical practicum rotation.** The on-campus visits include:

    • NURS 592 PMHNP I - Summer Residency (3 days)
    • NURS 593 PMHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 594 PMHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 595 PMHNP IV - Spring Residency (3 days)

    During the mandatory On-Campus Intensive, you'll participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing you with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with peers.

    For questions, please contact:

    Brian Anderson                           
    Academic Advisor

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    Core Courses 
    NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
    NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
    NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Clinical Courses  
    NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
    NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
    NURS 594PMHNP III: Adv Mental Hlth NP Treatment Modalities for Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan5.0
    NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan.5.0
    Total Credits52.0

    View a sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN
    • Minimum one year of psychiatric nursing experience
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:  
      • Why you are choosing this particular program of study,
      • Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree, and
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this MSN program
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $887 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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