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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary mental health care providers for individuals and families, with a focus on mental health care through the lifespan. Graduates of this program are prepared to become licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with specialization as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Texas Board of Nursing, and to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification 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 for PMHNPs

Public Mental Health: MHMR, Public Hospital Emergency Departments
Addiction Treatment
Adolescent Residential Treatment Programs
Private Psychiatry Practices: Child and Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric
Private Practice
Psychiatric Emergency Departments
Inpatient Psychiatric Units
Consult Liaison in Medical Hospitals
College Mental Health Centers
Psychiatric State Hospitals
Correctional Facilities
School Based Mental Health Clinics
Veterans Administration
Nursing Home and Hospital Rounds
Chronic Pain Clinics
HIV Clinics