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Online M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Complete your application in 3 weeks and have your application fee waived.***

Learn to Provide Advanced Mental Health Services with a Degree from New Jersey’s Top Online Graduate Nursing School*


  • 49 credits
  • Complete in 3-4 years
  • College of Nursing is CCNE accredited
  • BSN required for acceptance

Prepare to assess, diagnose and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders as their primary provider throughout their lifespan.

In our online M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.) program, you'll learn more than just tactical diagnostic and treatment skillsets. You'll understand how to build key relationships that can further your efforts, communicate effectively and successfully solve problems.

You'll emerge from the program as a collaborative leader who demonstrates ethical decision-making and critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Is This Program Right For You?

The online MSN in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is for students with their BSN looking to advance their nursing career. This program will build your knowledge of mental health issues in age order from childhood through senior living, so you can understand how issues arise and evolve throughout a person's lifetime.

You'll study how to treat and diagnose simple and complex issues while you master how to use research to develop, assess and refine educational materials to better treat and educate clients and communities.

Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above
  • B.S.N. from an N.L.N.A.C. or C.C.N.E. accredited program
  • 1 year of RN experience in Psychiatric Mental Health or equivalent experience as health care provider
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Registered professional nurse licensure in U.S. state of practice and New Jersey if clinical performed in New Jersey
  • $75 application fee***
  • Two letters of reference—one academic and one professional. The professional reference must be from a supervisor with an MSN degree. Two professional references are acceptable if the applicant has been out of school for five or more years.
  • TOEFL scores (minimum scores of 22 in reading, 22 in listening, 26 in speaking and 24 in writing) and WES reports for all nurses educated outside of the United States and/or educated in a language other than English

Learn more about the program’s objectives, what it’s like to learn online, the resources we have to assist you throughout your education, and career paths after graduation by attending a virtual information session.

Why Choose the Online M.S.N. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Seton Hall?

  • Career-Focused. The online P.M.H.N.P. program integrates 600 clinical hours of practice and prepares you to sit for ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing board certification.
  • Supportive. Experienced faculty provide close mentoring and career support. They also help connect you with preceptors for clinical practice.
  • Ethical. Learn at a Catholic university in a values-based curriculum that instills a commitment to lifelong learning, service and leadership for the greater good of patients.
  • Resourceful. Get the career resources and connections you need to fulfill the industry’s current nurse practitioner shortage.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

Our online M.S.N. psychiatric nurse practitioner program is staffed by experienced faculty, who all hold Ph.D. or DNP degrees and who are eager to mentor you. You'll work with them directly in regularly scheduled personal advising sessions, chat with them on discussion boards and personally via phone, video chat or email as needed. They are dedicated to your success in this critical profession.

By the Numbers

  • #1 Online Master's Nursing Degree in NJ - U.S. News
  • 6,500 Practitioners Needed in Mental Health
  • 52% Job Growth for Nurse Practitioners
  • $131,500 National Median Salary for PMHNPs

PMHNP Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the program, you can:

  • Communicate in a scholarly manner
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Use best evidence to advance practice
  • Act as a servant leader in a global society
  • #27 Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs – U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 Online Master’s in Nursing Program – SuperScholar
  • #66 Best Nursing Schools: Master's – U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Ready to Work as an M.S.N. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

With 5,766 identified health professional shortage areas in mental health in the United States,1 it's not surprising that the nurse practitioner role is the second-fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.2

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners earn a median salary of $131,5003 a year, and the demand for the role is urgent. Consider these facts, listed in a 2018 White Paper Series from Merritt Hawkins that addresses supply and demand trends in psychiatry.4

  • 44 million adults experience mental illness in a year
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness received zero services for their condition in the previous year
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10–24, and the 10th leading cause of death for adults

The online P.M.H.N.P. program prepares you to mitigate the mental health provider shortage and step into these critical nursing positions . You will:

  • Gain a strong foundation in theory, research and health policy
  • Complete 600 clinical hours
  • Graduate ready to pursue ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing board certification
  • Graduate prepared for licensure as a nurse practitioner**

You'll be ready to diagnose and treat simple and complex psychiatric and mental health problems ranging from adjustment disorders to mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar illnesses and major depression.

Upcoming Events

M.S.N. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Virtual Information Sessions 

Join our next virtual information session to discover how an M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will equip you with the necessary skills to combat issues facing 21st century health care.

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Learn more and register for an upcoming session! 

Take the Next Step

Earning an MSN in psychiatric nursing online from Seton Hall University provides the experiences and quality education you need to become a highly qualified nurse practitioner and excel in your career. Contact an Admissions Counselor at (844) 823-1198 or request more information now to learn more.






**Students are encouraged to visit the Board of Nursing website for the state they intend to practice to verify requirements.

***Seton Hall University will waive the $75 application fee for qualified students who submit a completed application within a 3 week period for our 2023-2024 start dates to one of the following online programs: M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.C.).The fee waiver program is for United States citizens and permanent residents only and is subject to change without notice. Fees paid previously are non-refundable. Connect with your enrollment counselor for more information.