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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is designed to prepare graduates to provide holistic, mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care across the lifespan.  The PMHNP will be prepared to practice in diverse settings including nurse-managed clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, home health, private psychiatric practices, addiction centers, general ambulatory clinics and schools. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP exam.

Projected Curriculum

The MSN PMHNP program is a total of 45 credits and takes 9 semesters to complete and all didactic coursework is online, distance format.

1st semester
  • NURS 700 -  Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics fort Nursing Practice and Service Management
2nd semester
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
3rd semester
  • NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
4th semester
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research 
5th semester
  • NURS 708 - Conceptual Basis for Family and Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
6th semester
  • EPID 700 - Introduction to Epidemiology
  • NURS 761 - Neuroscientific Basis of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Treatment
7th semester
  • NURS 731 - Management of Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Across the Lifespan* 
8th semester
  • NURS 732 - Management of Complex Mental Health Problems Across the Lifespan * 
9th semester
  • NURS 798 - Advanced Practice Practicum: PMHNP Across the Lifespan* 

+ On campus emersion,
*Course requires clinical hours (672 total clinical hours required)

Admission Criteria

• Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
• Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Science grades will be strongly considered
• Must have a minimum of 600 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse within the past 2 years
• Submit a personal statement
• Current CV or Resume
• Three (3) letters of recommendation
• Copy of unencumbered RN license
• Current BLS certification
• GRE not required

Application Information

The MSN PMHNP program only accepts students for Summer entry. Applications are accepted August 1 – November 1 Our online application
is available at

Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions the MSN PMHNP program?  
Call us at 803-777-7412, email or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208