The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares you to provide
holistic, mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience
and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care across
the patient lifespan.
Applications are accepted Aug. 1 – Nov. 1 for summer entry. Apply Now »
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 with
the college’s Center for Connected Health.
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.
The MSN PMHNP program is a total of 47 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and
all didactic coursework is online, 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
NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research
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
NURS 764 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health
NURS 768 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical and Role Transition
NURS 768A - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development*
+ On campus immersion, *Course requires clinical hours (672 total clinical hours required)
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.
Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (1,800 hours) within
the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience includes psych or related fields.
Submit a personal statement
Current CV or Resume
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Copy of unencumbered RN license
Current BLS certification
GRE not required
The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program only accepts students
for summer entry. Applications are accepted Aug. 1 – Nov. 1.
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 Master of Science in Nursing Degree programs at the University of South Carolina
are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2021. Our programs also meet the standards for American Nurses Association
Credentialing Center, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.
Although the University of South Carolina is a member of SARA, some state Boards of
Nursing or state higher education commissions have recently started imposing restrictions
for offering distance education courses within their state. Check to see if our online
programs are open to residents in your state.