Psychiatric Mental Health-Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) Graduate Program

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Prepare for a rewarding career as a psychiatric mental healthcare provider with a master's degree from one of the nation’s top nursing schools.

Why Earn a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree?

Increase your marketability and professional options with an MS in Psychiatric Mental Health, which trains nurse practitioners in the latest psychopharmacology, counseling and therapy interventions. You’ll gain the tools to assess and manage a diverse range of clients with psychiatric diagnoses—from individuals to families to communities—providing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Why Join the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program at Adelphi University in New York?

  • Learn by doing in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory under the supervision of experienced nurse practitioners.
  • Study while balancing family and other obligations with convenient, flexible course schedules that include part-time and online options (40 percent of our core courses are offered online).
  • Graduate career-ready with the required competencies you need to apply for advanced practice licensing and national certification.

Significant Nursing Tuition Discounts

Graduate nursing students enrolled in the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health who also are employees of Northwell Health, NYU Langone Health and Nassau County Government are eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount on those graduate programs.

Students should check with their employers to see if they are current participants.

Visit employer reimbursement to learn more.

38%* * Bureau of Labor Statistics
expected job growth through 2032 for nurse practitioners—much faster than the average
Bureau of Labor Statistics
first-time pass rate for graduates who took the ANCC Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in 2020

Healing encompasses more than simply treating symptoms; it involves recognizing and addressing both underlying intrinsic and extrinsic factors. With this understanding, the PMHNP program is committed to a holistic and comprehensive approach to mental health. PMHNP students are immersed in myriad therapy and medication treatment modalities, equipping them to treat the diverse mental health needs of individuals throughout the lifespan.

Adrial Lobelo, DNP CNPH Clinical Assistant Professor

One Professor’s Mission to Give Graduate Students a "Level Playing Field"

Noting that some of his graduate nursing students had barriers to success—like tech skills or communication challenges—CNPH Professor Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo, PhD, launched the Equitable, Targeted and Structured (ETS) Onboarding Program. Read about the success of this program, and how he is now collaborating with four other universities to replicate it.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi University in New York, we believe strongly in the power of hands-on learning and the value it plays in advancing our students’ careers. In the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program, you’ll complete 500 hours of hands-on clinical experience in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics and private medical practices.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to translate theory into practice in Adelphi’s Clinical Education and Simulation Lab (CESiL), which houses a wealth of supplies and equipment in order to effectively simulate a hospital setting. The center’s innovative educational features include:

  • A 22-bed lab, with one fully functioning community health room set up as a one-bedroom studio apartment
  • Advanced patient care manikins and simulators
  • Seven clinical exam rooms and one pediatric exam room
  • Two classrooms fully wired for testing and web conferencing

Inside the Clinical Education and Simulation Lab

Program Info

Application Requirements and Deadlines

The priority application deadline for Fall admission is March 1. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes. They must also submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Résumé
  • A 500-word, typed essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • Final transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited four-year institution
  • Two letters of recommendation from nurses who hold a master’s degree or above, credentials included
  • New York State registered nurse license

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