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Psych MHNP

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

Psychiatric Mental Health Patients

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.

Become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at WesternU

Christy Cotner

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.

Learn More About the Program

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.