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Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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If you're a licensed RN practicing in Kentucky or Tennessee and interested in advancing your career in a high-demand area of expertise, WKU's online MSN degree is for you! The School of Nursing offers the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) MSN as a 100% online program.

This concentration prepares the graduate to test for certification as a PMHNP across the lifespan.

The 43 hour program is offered on a part-time student schedule to accommodate your working and personal life.

Information can be found here

PMHNP Concentration (43 hours)

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is prepared at the graduate level to diagnose, prescribe and treat psychiatric illnesses and mental health conditions across the lifespan.  This concentration prepares the graduate to sit for certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). See special admission criteria on the program admission section.

NURS 500

Advanced Physiological and Pathophysiological Concepts  4

NURS 501

Nursing, Politics and Health Policy 1


NURS 503

Advanced Health Assessment


NURS 504

Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing


NURS 505

Advanced Health Assessment Clinical


NURS 506

Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice


NURS 507

Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Assessment and Clinical Interviewing Techniques


NURS 508

Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing


NURS 510

Graduate Nursing Research


NURS 511

Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III


NURS 512

Research Applications


NURS 515

Advanced Pharmacology


NURS 523

Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Adults and Elderly


NURS 524

Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Clinical


NURS 525

Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Child, Adolescent, Young Adult


NURS 526

Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Clinical


NURS 527

Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III: Internship


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Total Core Hours


Total Psych Concentration Hours


Total Clinical Hours 600
Total PMHNP Program Hours 43


General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.

Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.

Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

WKU School of Nursing 

Dr. Lynette Smith
Call: (270) 745-3487
Visit: wku.edu/nursing/msn.php

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 


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 Last Modified 3/1/19