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Online MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health

Answer the call: Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 

Designed for aspiring nurse practitioners who seek a fulfilling career while addressing the growing need for mental health services, the Online Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program offers a Yale education wherever you are. 

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Online MSN Immersion

Online Flexibility and Yale Excellence

Yale's online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program delivers unparalleled excellence in education, equipping aspiring professionals with the advanced skills and knowledge to excel in mental health care. With a curriculum rooted in Yale's 100-year legacy of academic rigor and clinical expertise, students gain access to world-class faculty, innovative coursework, and immersive clinical experiences, launching their career as mental health professionals and leaving a profound impact in psychiatric healthcare delivery.

Facts & Figures

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38%

Projected employment growth of nurse practitioners from 2022-2032

 

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)

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$121,610

Median total income for full-time PMHNP Nurse Practitioners in the US

 

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)

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No.5

Ranked psychiatric nurse practitioner program in the U.S.

 

(U.S. News and World Report, 2023-2024)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Applicants to the online Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, graduation from a school of nursing approved by the licensing board of the state in which it is located, and active Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. The online PMHNP program is currently not being offered to students residing in New York, Tennessee, or foreign countries.

How do I apply?

All applicants to the online Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner must submit an application via NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing schools and programs. You'll need to submit an application, official transcripts from all institutions you've attended, a personal statement, resume/CV, and 3 letters of recommendation. For a complete list of requirements and deadlines, please visit the How to Apply page.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for the online Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is currently $2,001 per credit hour. The program requires 52.5 credits to complete. For a comprehensive breakdown, visit the tuition and fees page.

Do I ever have to come to campus?

Students attend three in-person immersions (one per year) on the YSN West Campus in Orange, CT.

How do clinical placements work?

Your 802.5 hours of clinical experience are balanced across populations and settings during your second and third year in the program. Accessibility to clinical sites varies from state to state and a means of transportation will be required. There may be instances where students may need to travel to their clinical experience. Clinical practice experiences will take place in a variety of health care settings and systems including, but not limited to: community mental health centers, integrated psychiatric and primary care, acute and long-term care settings, etc. 

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Why the Yale Online MSN?

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  • A 100-year tradition of excellence directly responsible for many milestones: the first university-based model for nurse training, the first direct graduate entry nursing program (GEPN), the birthplace of the American hospice movement, the first randomized clinical trials led by a nurse, the first professorship in psychiatric nursing, and more.
  • Consistently ranked among the top nursing schools in the United States and globally, with the Psychiatric-Mental Health specialty ranked #5 in the US by US News and World Reports.
  • A robust clinical support unit that identifies and secures clinical experiences for all students, including online students. 
  • A state-of-the-art education including advanced virtual learning tools and cutting edge virtual reality technology.
  • A world-class faculty of active clinicians who maintain active practices and bring a real-world approach to the virtual classroom. With a student faculty ratio of just 5:1, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with these scholar-practitioners.
  • A school-wide commitment to health equity, social justice and training nurses who will actively work to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations.

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