Our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P-MHNP) program prepares an advanced practice nurse with skills in therapeutic interventions and medication management. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing.
Master’s students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; case management and consultation; client/patient teaching; assessments and interventions; and program design, implementation, and evaluation.
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Our graduates routinely pass above the national average.
Clinical placement varies by your area of academic concentration. Specialty areas include family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, women’s health, pulmonology, dermatology, orthopedics, and pediatrics, to name a few.
Our faculty are active in research and policy issues at the state and national level, are board members of state and national nursing associations, and frequently publish in leading nursing journals.
Graduate student support
Our Office of Graduate Studies connects you with opportunities for professional development, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. They also foster our graduate student community through Peer Mentorship and the Graduate Student Board.
Scholarships offer financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. We encourage students in graduate degree programs to apply for scholarship opportunities.
Admission information: MS in Nursing – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)
|Application deadline||Fall term start||Spring term start|
|Final||April 1||October 1|
|Admissions Pathway: Early consideration for BS in Nursing — Traditional Program students*||November 1||Not applicable|
|Admissions Pathway: BS in Nursing — Traditional Program & Accelerated Program students**||April 1||Not applicable|
* Must be a current student in the University of Southern Maine BS in Nursing — Traditional Program.
** Must be a current student in the University of Southern Maine BS in Nursing — Traditional Program or Nursing — Accelerated Program.