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

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

Step into Your Psychiatric Nursing Career with Confidence

As a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, you'll help fill the gap between the supply and demand of qualified mental health care providers – a shortage creating a mental health care crisis in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that the country has 5,766 health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) in the mental health field — and more than 6,500 practitioners are needed.1

Throughout your psychiatric nursing career, you'll fulfill a critical role as a primary care provider to clients experiencing mental health challenges. You'll assess, diagnose and treat children, adolescents, adults and the elderly for a range of minor to complex mental health issues.

The Demand for Psychiatric Help

  • 13.6 million adults in America live with a serious mental illness while 44 million adults experience mental illness in a year2 
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness received zero services for their condition in the previous year2
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and the 10th leading cause of death for adults2

The Supply of Psychiatric Help

  • There are about 28,250 psychiatrists in active practice in the U.S. — 59% of which are 55 or older2 and expected to retire soon
  • 40% of the psychiatric workforce operates as a cash-only private practice,2 making their care unaffordable to many of those who need it
  • 77% of U.S. counties report a severe psychiatrist shortage2

Psychiatric Nursing Career Outlook

Due to the supply and demand of psychiatric services, the outlook for a psychiatric nursing career is strong.

  • The nurse practitioner role is the second-fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.3
  • 52% growth of NPs is expected through 20293 
  • $131,500 is the median income of a PMHNP

Where Will Your Psychiatric Nursing Career Take You?

Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners are well suited to work with vulnerable populations, especially the underserved. As a psychiatric nurse, you can build a career in the setting you choose:  

  • Schools
  • Community Centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal Justice

Take a Step Toward a Career You Love

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 advisor at (844) 823-1198 or request more information now to learn more.






*Seton Hall University will waive the $75 application fee for qualified students who submit a completed application within a 3 week period for our 2021 -2022 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.)