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 with the college’s Center for Connected Health.
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 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*
+ 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 (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 (3) letters of recommendation
- Copy of unencumbered RN license
- Current BLS certification
- GRE not required
The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program accepts students for fall entry. Fall 2021 applications are accepted July 1 – March 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.
MSN program costs depend on several factors. Estimate your costs by visiting the university’s Bursar’s Office 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.
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.
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.