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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)


The Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary mental health care providers for individuals and families. Focus is on mental health care through the lifespan, with a sub-specialty available in child/adolescent psychiatry or adult/gerontological psychiatry. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as Advanced Practice Nurses by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and to take either the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Exam or the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

PMHNP Director: Dr. Diane Snow

PMHNP Degree Plan | PMHNP Post Masters Certificate Degree Plan

This program provides you a background to:

  • Apply neurobiological and psychosocial theories and use pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies in the provision of mental health care.
  • Assume responsibility as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to provide compassionate and collaborative mental health care for clients and families.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise in health promotion, illness prevention, and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.
  • Use research to explore outcomes of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice.

Job Opportunities

Home health – Consultation-liaison – Hospitals
Family practice settings – Pain clinics – Sleep disorder clinics
Criminal justice – Private psychiatric practices – School based clinics
Managed care behavioral health clinics – Mental Health Mental Retardation – crisis intervention, homeless programs, clinics – Long term care
Addictions treatment – Emergency departments