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1. What is the reason for pursuing your M.S. in Nursing?

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Online Master of Science in Nursing
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

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At Regis, we believe in promoting holistic care. For many patients and families, that includes mental wellness. That’s why we offer an online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practice. Our mental health nursing degree is designed to help the next wave of nurse practitioners master the skills and mindset they need to aid patients seeking mental health care without leaving their current role.

Psychiatric Mental Health nurse practitioners play a significant role in the modern health care system. Our online MSN PMHNP program can help you develop your communication and therapeutic skills, expertise in behavioral sciences, and emotional intelligence so you can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat mental illness in a variety of populations.

Psychiatric Mental Health Practice by the Numbers

  • $91,298 The average salary for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to (2016)
  • 3.7% The percentage of nurse practitioners in the U.S. who are PMHNPs, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2015)
  • 7th Psychiatric mental health practice is ranked No. 7 among the “8 Top Master’s in Nursing Specializations” by

Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?

Reputation for Academic Excellence

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. Our MSN is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing, Science & Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Nursing Expertise

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means our online PMHNP program incorporates insider perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands to help you build those skills. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities, such as:
  • Critical thinking
  • Professional and interpersonal communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Patience
  • Organizational management
  • Effective decision-making

Dedication to Social Justice

Our commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MSN with a PNP specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the medical field by providing children and caregivers the knowledge they need to form healthy lifestyles at a young age.

Supportive Environment

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down the barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with our three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Associate Degree in Nursing with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

What can you do with a mental health nursing degree?

Psychiatric mental health is a vital aspect of holistic care. With the decrease in stigma in recent years, more people, including military veterans, are pursuing mental health treatment and understanding the benefits of mental wellness. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners help these segments of the population and their families by performing a variety of tasks, including:
  • Helping patients regain or improve their coping abilities
  • Assisting patients with self-care activities
  • Consulting with medical and mental health professionals as part of a treatment team
  • Interpreting and maintaining medical records
  • Educating patients and families about mental health conditions
  • Connecting patients with available resources and services
  • Assessing patient condition, monitoring progress, and administering treatment plans and medication

While psychiatric mental health nurse practice is a specialized area in the nurse practitioner role, you may choose to further specialize your career beyond the PMHNP title by focusing on specific illnesses or patient populations upon graduation. Some of your choices include:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Geriatric
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Forensics

Where do psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners work?

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner online program prepares RNs for an in-demand field that requires a robust yet specialized skill set and a high level of emotional intelligence. Beyond direct patient care, PMHNPs can work as psychiatric primary care providers, psychotherapists, consultants, and educators. They can also work in a variety of settings, including:
  • Hospitals
  • Privately owned clinics
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Home health services
  • Education
  • Correctional facilities
  • Community health organizations
  • Mental health facilities
  • Long-term care centers

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.
“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”
President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.
When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.

Let’s move forward

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path no matter your education level. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.