Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

If you are pursuing a career in psychiatric mental health, you may be aware of the national need for mental health professionals. In fact, Anderson University’s graduate program in mental health is one of only two such program in South Carolina. Our program is distinctive because it will prepare you both professionally and spiritually for the challenging and rewarding field of mental health.

Our professors are all practicing nurses, who view their work as more than a job; it’s a mission field and a calling. In our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, you will learn a holistic approach to patient care. You will learn to ask good questions, notice important aspects of patient appearance, and read body language to find the root cause of symptoms.

Flexible Starting Points

Our Master of Science in Nursing programs enable you to start your program with either an associate’s degree with an RN license or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Follow the link below to identify the course sequence you’ll need to earn your degree.

Flexible Learning Experience

At AU, we offer a flexible program catered to you, the working nurse. If you are an RN with an associate degree, you can still apply directly to the Master of Science in Nursing program. However, you will need to complete a few general education and science requirements, along with two bridge courses: Nursing Research and Professional Role Development, each worth three credit hours. After fulfilling these prerequisites, you will be ready begin work on your master’s degree. If you are an RN with a bachelor’s degree, you can directly enter the program.

Once you begin the program, you can complete your degree in four semesters (11-13 credit hours per semester), equivalent to two years. All classes are taught online, so you can learn anywhere. You will still meet with your cohort and professors in person once per semester for intensive work days, including simulation labs and seminars. You will also attend face-to-face sessions at the beginning of your first semester in the program.

Coursework and Training

In the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, you will take 49 hours of coursework. Your classes will include Advanced Assessment, Processes in Mental Health, Psychopharmacological Therapies across the Lifespan, and Management of the Complex Client. These classes will equip you to assess, diagnose, and treat psychiatric and behavioral disorders.

For your hands-on training, you will do 500 hours of clinical work during your third and fourth semesters. While it is your responsibility to find a clinical preceptor, AU works hard to establish relationships with clinical partners, to aid you in your search.

Your clinical and in-class experiences at AU will also prepare you for the national accreditation exam you must take to become certified to practice in psychiatric mental health.

Christian Worldview

At AU, we see nursing as much more than simply curing physical or psychological problems. We are invested in the whole person because God is invested in the whole person.

In the mental health field in particular, you will need compassion and discernment to meet the needs of each patient. To that end, you will participate in Faith and Learning Seminars, on-campus one-credit courses held for two days at the beginning of your first semester, and for two days mid-semester throughout your time in the program. The seminars investigate topics such as Servant Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Christian Worldview, and Intelligent Design, which emphasize each person’s value in God’s creation. As you understand the worth of every individual, you be spiritually equipped for the challenging field mental health.

Tuition Costs

Anderson University works hard to make your educational goals affordable. For the Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, the cost per credit hour is approximately $600. Loans are available.


The Psychiatric Mental Health track will prepare you to serve as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in clinics, communities, or hospitals. In addition to the rewarding work you can accomplish, compensation is excellent. Salaries typically range from $95,000 to $115,000.