Online Master of Science in Nursing–Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP)

Pursue a Leadership Role as a Mental Health Advocate  

Expand your skills and career opportunities as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Rockhurst University’s Online MSN-PMHNP program. As a PMHNP, you’ll enjoy greater flexibility, personal fulfillment, a higher salary and increased opportunities to pursue a more traditional work schedule, all while providing invaluable service to those with mental health needs.

This online PMHNP program is designed for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) who are interested in becoming practitioners in the mental health field.

Rockhurst University’s CCNE-accredited online MSN-PMHNP program provides:

  • Online coursework in addition to clinical hours 
  • Flexibility with the option to choose to be a full- or part-time student 
  • Delivery by the highly respected Saint Luke's™ College of Nursing and Health Sciences 
  • Full clinical placement services included 
  • Prepare for ANCC PMHNP-BC Certification upon graduation

Guided by Jesuit values, Rockhurst University prepares advanced practice nurses to care for the needs of the whole person through rigorous academics, rich and varied clinical experiences, and a spirit of inquiry and reflection. 

  • Affordable tuition
    Affordable
    Competitive tuition
  • Full-time or part-time options
    Full-time or part-time
    Graduate in 2 to 2.7 years
  • clinical placement
    Clinical placement
    Complimentary services
Admission Requirements
  • BSN from CHEA recognized institution and nursing accreditation from CCNE or ACEN 
  • Active RN license 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement 
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Check state authorization
    • Must reside in one of the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, or West Virginia
Program Features
  • 49 credit hours 
  • $734.69 per credit hour (non PMH Practicum courses) 
  • $1,750.00 per credit hour (PMH Practicum courses) 
  • 3 starts per year 
  • 6 semesters (full-time) 
  • 8 semesters (part-time) 
  • 750 clinical hours 
  • 1 campus immersion 
  • 1 virtual immersion 
Program Themes

Advanced Practice Nursing Foundations

Incorporate scientific and theoretical concepts from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve nursing practice in various settings

Evidence-Informed Quality Improvement

Adopt a lifelong learning approach to care that draws upon research and data to ensure safety and quality for patients and organizations

Leadership, Systems, and Policy

Serve as an effective and collaborative nurse leader from organizational, systems, and policy perspectives

State Authorization

Rockhurst PMHNP state authorization

Students from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia are welcome to apply to the online PMHNP program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is approved by the State of Missouri to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a participating institution, Saint Luke’s College may offer online programs to students in other SARA member states without seeking authorization in that state.

Accreditation and Disclaimers

Rockhurst University and Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rockhurst University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.