Upon program completion, you will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP exam. Our graduates practice in diverse settings, including nurse-managed clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, home health, private psychiatric practices, addiction centers, general ambulatory clinics, and schools.
As an MSN PMHNP student, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of online coursework that fits your schedule. Gain confidence as a provider through hands-on clinical experience with your preceptor and through telehealth delivery to patients in rural areas.
The MSN-PMHNP program is a total of 47 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and all didactic coursework is online, in distance format.
- NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing
- NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
- NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
- NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
- NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
- NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing A
- NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
- NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research B
- NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
- NURS 761 - Neuroscientific Basis of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Treatment
- NURS 763 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum I: Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
- NURS 764 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*
- NURS 768 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical and Role Transition
- NURS 768A - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development*
Total 47 credits / 672 direct clinical hours
+on campus immersion
*course requires clinical hours
Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts from all colleges
or universities attended must be submitted, whether you received a degree or not.
Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes
will not be considered a competitive applicant.
- Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (2,400 hours) within the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience includes psych or related fields.
- Submit a personal statement
- Current CV or Resume
- Three professional references - The professional recommendation form should come from individuals with a master's or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be used in lieu of our recommendation form.) Recommendations from family members are not appropriate.
- Copy of unencumbered RN license
- Current BLS certification
- GRE not required
Apply to Graduate School
The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.
The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program accepts students for fall entry.
Admission cycle for Fall entry:
Application opens - November 1
Early decision deadline - January 15
Priority decision deadline - March 1
Final decision deadline - May 1
MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2022-2023. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website.
Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
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Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
Meet the Program Director
Dianna D. Inman, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, PMHNP-BC, is a doctoral-prepared advanced practice nurse who joined the college in June 2020. She is passionate about school health and the PNP’s and PMHNP’s role in assisting families and schools in promoting social-emotional competence in children.
Meet the PMHNP Graduate Advisor
Tawanie Pointer is a Student Affairs Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs. She serves as the graduate student advisor for the PMHNP program.