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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. WesternU supports students with $1,500 to $28,300 stipend.

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Advanced Nursing Practice Career with Growing Demand

Nearly 1 out of 6 California adults and 1 out of 13 California children struggle with mental health issues. The state of California is experiencing a shortage of providers to care for psychiatric patients. We can address this need with psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners address the clients through inter-disciplinary and team-based care that places the patient and family at the center of care. PMHNPs help patients by providing therapies, medications, care coordination and more.

At WesternU, we pioneered hybrid education for nurse practitioners more than 25 years ago. That tradition continues today as we use an evidence-based approach to educate PMHNPs to meet the mental health needs of clients in school systems, community clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, private offices, shelters, hospitals, and more.
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About Our Director Dr. Christy Cotner

Doctoral prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated a 20-year history of working in the medical practice industry. Skilled in program development, consulting, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Hospitals, Healthcare Management, Healthcare, Patient Safety, and higher level education. Programs developed include an emergency room case management program to improve through-put, gastric bypass program, medical home transformation for a large IPA, masters-level family nurse practitioner program and a heart failure program for chronic disease management.

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Our students are taught by distinguished faculty who have received state and national recognition for their leadership and professional accomplishments.

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We offer flexible programs that allow you to balance work and family commitments while earning your nursing degree, including part-time options.

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WesternU has a long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first, treating students as colleagues, and fostering camaraderie among students.

Become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at WesternU

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About WesternU

Western University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit graduate university for the health professions, dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s health practitioners to flourish as skilled, compassionate healers. Two campuses serve students: Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon. WesternU students learn within a thriving center for medical, health care, and veterinary education, as well as research and community outreach. Graduates are poised to move into the future to successfully meet the diverse health-related needs of a growing population.

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We are happy to answer any question you have about the profession and talk to you about our stipend fund to assist with the cost of your education.