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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Master's)

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The MSN-PMHNP program is designed for registered nurses who want to expand their career opportunities and professional contributions. During the program, students will develop the competencies required to provide primary mental healthcare to individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan. This program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

PMHNPs are needed in medical facilities to change mental healthcare practice, reduce mental health stigma, and increase access to care.

Read about how Texas State's St. David’s School of Nursing has been named among the Best Online Master’s in Nursing programs for 2022.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kathy Smith
Nursing Building (NURS), Room 320

Advisor Support
Sarah Solorzano
Nursing Building (NURS), Room 337

“The PMHNP provides developmental, physical, and mental health assessments, mental health diagnoses, and implementation of care, including psychotherapy, thereby increasing patient access to quality mental healthcare.”

— Pamela Willson, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, NE-BC, FAANP

Course Work

Course work takes place online, with some face-to-face on-campus intensives at the St. David’s School of Nursing on the Texas State University Round Rock Campus. During these on-campus intensives, students hone their skills with faculty and get to know their fellow PMHNP students. The degree requires practicum courses during which students learn one-on-one from a teacher in their area. Overall, the MSN-PMHNP master’s degree will position the post-professional Registered Nurse (RN) graduate to exhibit transformational leadership to affect and generate health policy development, organizational and systems development, evidence-based care, and evaluation of healthcare delivery in collaboration with inter-professional teams and partners.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.N. 40 Non-Thesis No Minor
Nursing Building

  Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state Boards of Nursing, admission for non-Texas residents may be limited at this time. Additional information for international applicants is available below.

The MSN-PMHNP degree delivery format, small class sizes, focused semesters, and precepted practicum experiences will provide increased flexibility and opportunity for the students in Central Texas and beyond.

Program Mission

The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University educates and prepares graduates by using innovative teaching strategies and state-of-the-art technology. Graduates provide ethical, safe, and effective patient-centered care and contribute to present and emerging research and health management practices. Graduates demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, collaborate as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, and utilize scientifically-based interventions. As caring professional nurses, graduates manage illness; promote, maintain, and restore health; and provide end-of-life care for diverse individuals, families, populations, and global communities across the lifespan.

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Program Faculty

Faculty research interests will be matched with those of the students to increase the translation of evidence-based practice within clinical settings. Psychoeducation and psychotherapeutic models of care are implemented to improve the quality of care delivered to patients with mental health conditions. Faculty have specific interest in methods that support mental health prevention and rehabilitation for homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and self-management across the lifespan.

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Career Options

This degree will position the advanced practice registered nurse to deliver specialized assessment and treatment, evidence-based care, and evaluation of mental healthcare in collaboration with inter-professional teams and partners. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam. Potential positions include: acute and non-acute primary care facilities and state and regional mental health specialty agencies.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 25* January 25*
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*Applications are no longer being accepted for the Fall 2022 semester.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. The student's B.S.N. degree must be reflected on the transcript at the time of application.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your nursing course work
  • grade of C or better in an upper-division statistics course. The course must be completed at the time of application and reflected on submitted transcripts.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements*

  • current, valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in Texas with date issued from the Board of Nursing uploaded into the application system. Multistate licenses are accepted as long as Texas is declared the home state.
  • professional essay and goals statements
  • resume/CV showing a minimum of one year full-time equivalent experience as a Registered Nurse prior to the application deadline. Employment will be verified.
  • three professional forms of recommendation from persons competent to assess the applicant’s academic capability, clinical expertise, and interest in pursuing a career for this program. This is a form completed by your identified reference as part of the application system.
  • interview

*Please note once a student has been offered admission, additional criteria must be completed and met prior to admission and the required due dates as listed by the School of Nursing.

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

If you are an international applicant, you can apply to this program; however, please be aware that you must:

  • be available to complete certain degree requirements in the state of Texas
  • have a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. Your B.S.N. degree must be reflected on your transcript when you apply.