Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing – Adult Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing track prepares nurses to assume advanced practice positions as providers of primary mental health care to individuals in traditional and nontraditional settings.  Preparation for advanced practice nursing with adults is emphasized and includes supervised clinical experiences with individuals, groups and families.  

Coursework may focus on the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist or Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner role. Post master’s certificates in Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner programs are also available.  

For more information on the Psychiatric NP program, contact Dr. Kathy Tusaie at 330-972-7561 or ktusaie@uakron.edu.

All graduate nursing students complete core courses in theory, information management, health policy issues, pathophysiology and research. Psychiatric mental health students complete specialty courses in advanced mental health assessment, differential diagnosis, psychopharmacology, medication management and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities. Clinical management issues are considered within the context of providing health care services to under-served and high-risk psychiatric populations.

Emphasis is placed on making independent and interdependent decisions in managing client care and on developing skill in planning, coordinating and evaluating intervention programs. Individuals prepared for advanced practice in psychiatric mental health nursing integrate knowledge of education, research, consultation and advanced clinical practice in collaboration with other health care professionals to influence health policy and client outcomes. Clinical experiences allow students to focus on individualized learning goals and prepare them for a career in a variety of mental health settings.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 300 word essay describing professional goals
  • Interview prior to beginning the program
  • Current State of Ohio license to practice nursing
  • Prerequisite courses: Undergraduate Statistics, Nursing Research, Basic Health Assessment, Computer Skills, Graduate-level Statistics

Application Deadline

Applications to the MSN program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing are accepted on a rolling basis.


Additional Information

Graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing track are eligible to sit for three certification exams from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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