Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NP)
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing track emphasizes the preparation of nurses for advanced practice roles in the care of individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, with particular attention paid to addressing the needs of underserved, rural populations.
Who is the PMHNP program for?
This program offers at least baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and advance their practice at top-ranked UVA School of Nursing. Nurses with advanced degrees like the PMHNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.
BSN-to-DNP pathway : the School also offers a DNP specialty track for those with BSN or generalist MSN degrees wishing to pursue the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track.
- Full- and part-time programs available, each with flexible schedules
- Access to world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and top-of-the-line clinical facilities
- Small, intimate classes and hands-on practicums
- More than 500 hours of precepted clinical experiences at a host of dynamic sites throughout the Commonwealth
- A chance to specialize
- Upon graduation, an MSN and the chance for further graduate study
When the application for graduate admission becomes available on August 1. instructions will provide clear steps to apply.
In the meantime, please begin collecting unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework and closely review admission requirements and necessary pre-requisite courses.
Applicants must submit a completed application and:
- Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study
- Be licensed as a registered nurse in the US and be eligible for a RN license in Virginia. All matriculating students who are not active-duty military nurses must have a Virginia RN license before the first day of classes
- Submit a total of three satisfactory recommendations (academic, professional, and clinical), one of which should be from an APRN
- Submit a copy of your resume or CV
- Have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within five years of the program start*
- Be available for an interview, if requested
- International applicants have additional admissions requirements
* For fall 2017 start, statistics should be no older than Fall 2012
Applicants to the PMHNP program must have at least one year of full-time RN experience before entering the program and prior to enrolling in GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6025 (Advanced Health Assessment), and the clinical practica.
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:
- BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher
- More than one year of relevant, full-time RN experience
- Active member of a national nursing organization (preferably in applicant’s practice area)
- Exhibiting leadership behaviors in a nursing practice setting (mentoring other nurses, participating in unit or hospital-based leadership teams, engaged in practice change and evidence-based practice projects)
- Possess a clinical certification, or on pathway to obtaining one or more certifications
- Excellent organizational and writing skills
Building on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the BSN-prepared nurse, PMHNP program seminars focus on assessment and management of serious mental illness. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of neurobiologic, psychosocial and psychiatric nursing knowledge in delivery of care to individuals experiencing schizophrenic spectrum disorders, depression related syndromes and psycho-geriatric illnesses.
Clinical placement sites are arranged in a variety of inpatient and community care settings appropriate to the interests and learning needs of the student. Students in the PMHNP program complete 500 hours of clinicals in the final two semesters of enrollment (GNUR 7251 and either 7252 or 7253).
All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at http://nc-sara.org/ .
Graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android). Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students the summer before classes begin.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.