Masters, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMHNP)

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Flexible Web-Based Programs Designed for Busy Nursing Professionals

The Western University of Health Sciences Master of Science in Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMHNP) program is designed for nurses who wish to continue working in their profession, keep family commitments and live in the same community while pursuing a graduate education. This benefit is especially convenient for students living in rural areas, small communities, or on active military duty. This CCNE-accredited program consists of three integrated elements:

  • Web-based curriculum
  • Semester immersions at the Pomona, California campus three times per program
  • Clinical training in your own community under the supervision of an approved preceptor

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About the Program

Western University’s integrated Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program provides comprehensive preparation for baccalaureate-prepared nurses who are looking for career mobility in today’s healthcare environment. Full-time students can complete the program in two years and a 3-year part-time option is available.

To provide maximum scheduling and pacing flexibility while eliminating the need to commute daily to campus, the College of Graduate Nursing uses a combination of self-directed learning activities, collaborative projects, and seminar intensives.

The Curriculum

With the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit) the MSN/PMHNP curriculum consists of 44 semester unitsCGN 5000 is Mandatory and offered through the College of Graduate Nursing during the summer prior to the start of the program in the fall. Please note that CGN 5000 is not covered under Financial Aid because it is a pre-program course and not part of the core curriculum. Full-time students complete the program in two years. An extended track option is available which students complete the program in three years. Each course listed under each semester is taken concurrently and NOT one course at a time

Please click on the links below to view the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMHNP) curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester).

Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP) Curriculum (p. 95, CGN catalog)

An extended track option is available for students that choose to take one additional year to complete the program. Students may choose the extended track option if they feel more time is needed to complete their education in order to meet career, family, and other outside commitments/obligations. The extended track is also a viable option for students who feel that the additional year will allow them to complete the program at a pace that better suits their learning goals. Students who choose the extended track option will still be eligible for financial aid.

You can also access the curriculum grids by visiting the first page of the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog and scrolling to the respective page within the catalog or by clicking on the respective section in the Table of Contents.

Please visit the Course Descriptions section within the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog to obtain course description information.

For more information regarding the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN/PMHNP) curriculum, please contact:

Christy Cotner, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNPc
Director, PMHNP Program

Admissions Information

For more information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN/PMHNP admissions information, or if you are ready you may submit an online application. If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at (909) 469-5335.

Self-Directed Learning Activities

The World Wide Web provides a unique opportunity to offer students individualized learning experiences that would be impossible through other media. Online discussion forums and e-mail also provide important lines of communication and support among distance learners, faculty, and other program personnel.

Preceptored Clinical Experiences

A clinical component is scheduled during each semester to provide students with an opportunity to apply their learning in the clinical work setting. Students are supervised by a local preceptor who is responsible for assuring that the student is provided with adequate and appropriate learning experiences as close to home as possible. This partnership between the academic and clinical settings not only results in a well-prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, but positions the student for employment opportunities after graduation. Students should plan to spend approximately 8 to 16 hours per week in a clinical setting. For more information, please visit the Clinical Experiences web page. The PMHNP requires a minimum of 540 precepted clinical hours.

Seminar Intensives

The PMHNP program requires three seminar intensives, some of which may require travel to Pomona, CA. The First intensive is combined with Welcome Week activities.  The second 1-day intensive occurs near the end of the 3rd semester of PMHNP clinical activities. The final 1-day intensive occurs at the end of the final semester of PMHNP clinical activities. These intensive training programs provide valuable time to learn, practice, and apply skills as well as opportunity to interact with your faculty and classmates.

To view Weekend Seminars and other important college-specific dates, please view the Academic Calendar. In addition to the skills intensives, you will have access to PMHNP certification exam preparation.

Student Assessment

Student performance in each course is assessed through a combination of seminar participation, written and oral presentations, and objective examination.