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Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner Top Masters Degree and Post-Master's Certificate
Program Overview   

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is awarded to successful graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner (PMH Family NP) concentration.

In accordance with the American Nurses Association’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, the PMH Family NP is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in nursing who is prepared to administer advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care to individuals across the life span.  The role of the PMH Family NP includes comprehensive psychiatric mental health assessment and diagnosis, medication management, and the use of advanced psychotherapeutic modalities, such as individual, family, and group psychotherapy.  Graduate preparation allows the PMH Family NP to expand his/her role to include the use of evidence-based practice, health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation (American Nurses Credentialing Center).

In addition to a capstone course and practicum that allows the student to understand the role of the PMH Family NP, four clinical courses covering advanced psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups across the life span, consultation/liaison nursing in organizations and communities, and primary care concepts related to psychiatric mental health advanced nursing practice compose the psychiatric mental health nursing curricula.  PMH Family NP students also take courses in advanced psychopathology and psychopharmacology and core graduate nursing courses in nursing theory, research, health policy, and ethics/culture.

All successful graduates of the PMH Family NP concentration meet requirements for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for the Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner.  The graduating student may apply for a Certificate to Prescribe – Externship (CTP-E) from the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Graduate of the PMH Family NP concentration typically take positions in:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes
  • Private Practice
  • Primary Care Settings

The PMH Family NP concentration offers:         

  • Full and part-time plans of study
  • Mentoring from faculty whom are active and nationally honored researchers ·        
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for graduates during and after the program
  • Many online course offerings


Program Director  

  • Sheila Webster, MA, RN, MSSA, PMHCNS-BC (
  • 330-672-8808 or 28808 on-campus dial for free  


Post-Master's Certificates

In the Kent State College of Nursing, post-master's nursing certificate programs are available to individuals who hold a Masters Degree in nursing.

For more information about the Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate, see the following links:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2015: February 1, 2015
  • Spring 2016: November 1, 2015

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