- Adult-Gerontological NP
- Advanced Public Health Nurse
- Accelerated BSN
- BSN On-campus
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Educator
- PhD in Nursing
- Psychiatric and Mental Health
- RN to BSN
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Community Nutrition
- MS in Nutrition
- Social Work
- MSW Distance Concentration
- MSW On Campus Concentration
- MSW Distance Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
How are courses offered and can I take courses online?
This online program includes two mandatory on-campus visits--the initial orientation and one week while enrolled in Advanced Health Assessment. Students participate in synchronous and asynchronous on-line coursework using Blackboard and Adobe Connect. Clinical experiences are coordinated with the assistance of the Placement Coordinator.
What is the purpose of the program?
The purpose of this program is to prepare nurses for the PMHNP role. This program addresses a significant shortage of mental health providers throughout the country, with our focus on the Midwest and rural areas. Nurses are prepared to assume the role of an independent practitioner delivering psychiatric care to individuals across the lifespan.
What can I do with a Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing?
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the PMHNP certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)). Depending on the state in which you establish a clinical practice, you may do therapy and/or medication management in an independent practice or with the supervision of a collaborating psychiatrist should your state require this. You will be prepared to provide psychiatric care to individuals and groups across the lifespan and may choose to work in a variety of mental health care settings--clinics, hospitals, correctional centers and the community.
Is full-time or part-time study available?
Part-time and full-time curriculums are available; however, the last year of the program is full-time.
How do I find a clinical site?
Clinical experiences are an integral part of the program. Students have used a variety of clinical sites to gain a broad clinical experience. The Nursing Clinical Placement Coordinator will assist students in finding clinical placements. While we try to accommodate student’s preferred clinical locations, numerous variables go into clinical placements. Currently, placements are prioritized to North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Placements in your state in not guaranteed. Applicants to this program are encouraged to consider clinical placement prior to applying.
Who can precept me in the clinical area?
Preceptors must be licensed psychiatric providers with unencumbered licenses. While advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses (PMHNP, PMHCNS) are preferred, other mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, master’s prepared licensed social workers and master’s prepared licensed addiction counselors may supervise clinical experiences as well. Preceptors are chosen in collaboration with the PMHNP Track Director. A Clinical Affiliation Agreement must be in place with the preceptor’s agency prior to the start of the clinical practicum.
When are applications being accepted?
The application deadline is January 15 of each year for fall admission. Once the application process is complete, applications are reviewed. If selected, the applicant will be contacted to set up an interview. Students will be notified of acceptance to the program through the School of Graduate Studies. Admissions are accepted only once per year with coursework to begin the fall of admission.