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

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Graduate
Department: Graduate Nursing Programs


As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, you’ll be a clinical expert providing mental health care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. You’ll be trained to use an evidence-based approach to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health conditions through the provision of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The focus of Mount Marty’s PMHNP program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide mental health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of psychiatric illness. You’ll learn to not only provide advanced patient care, but to also care for your patients with compassion, understanding, and a spirit of service—as part of our Catholic Benedictine values. And clinical experiences in rural and underserved settings mean you’ll be able to provide care to those who need it most. 


The mission of the Mount Marty University Nursing Programs is to provide students with an integrated education in a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts setting and to promote personal character development, holistic professional nursing expertise, and community service involvement. 

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Take your practice to the next level with a Master of Science degree in nursing and provide psychiatric care for people of different backgrounds.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate: If you already have a master's degree in nursing, you are eligible for a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate. After applying, we’ll assess your transcripts, coursework, clinical hours and grades, and course waivers may be granted. At the end of the program, you’ll be eligible for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification.
  • Skills you’ll use. After completing the six-semester accredited program, you’ll be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination to gain licensure as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.
  • Convenient online courses. Most students enroll in the program while still working in their field.

Austin Wise
Nursing Division Office Manager
Phone: 605-668-1511

Dr. Kathy Magorian EdD, MSN, RN
Dean of Faculty, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
Phone: 605-668-1535

Dr. Carol Stewart DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Program Director, Associate Professor
Phone: 605-668-1435

Dr. Heather Swanson DNP, CNM, FNP, PMHNP, IBCLC
PMHNP Track Coordinator, Associate Professor
Phone: 308-830-1435

Suzanne England DNP, CNM, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Program, Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
Phone: 605-454-0142 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Mount Marty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Click here for a list of tuition and fees for the MSN-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Please contact the Business Office at (605) 668-1575 with questions or for more information.

Welcome, preceptors! Thank you so much for your participation in our program. The link below will take you to a page full of resources to aid you during this process.

Preceptor Resource Page

How do I apply?

Applications may be submitted through the Mount Marty website.

How much does the MSN program cost?

All current cost and payment information can be found online here. The MSN-PMHNP track is based on 50 credits. 

Is financial aid available for the MSN program?

The MSN degree program is eligible for financial aid. Applicants can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please contact the Mount Marty Financial Aid Office at 605-668-1589 with questions about financial aid. The PMHNP post-gradute certificate program is eligible for financial aid.

Is Mount Marty University’s Graduate Nursing Program accredited?

The master’s degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Mount Marty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Is the program flexible with the amount of credits I can take?

Yes, we recommend taking 4 to 10 credits each semester. Please keep in mind that taking fewer credits per semester will increase your time in the program. We do not recommend a gap in your coursework of more than one semester.

What is required to be attended?

Two virtual seminars are required each year. The seminars enhance the student experience by providing guests speakers to add knowledge and expertise to the student experience.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadlines are April 15 for the May cohort, August 1 for the August cohort, and December 1 for the January cohort. If a deadline is missed, the applicant should call 605-668-1435 to speak to someone from the graduate program about openings or an alternate start date.

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