• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    16
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

A specialized degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) allows you to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients. Our graduates work in outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric emergency services, private practice and hospitals. They also provide primary mental health care that involves continuous and comprehensive services necessary to improve mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders. They may also serve as consultants or as educators. The full time study is not for the busy working professional, with the part time track providing an option for those that plan to continue working. This plan provide a seamless transition to the DNP program, for those graduates wanting to apply. Graduates of UMKC are eligible to sit for national certification as a PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  2. MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  3. The GPA required for admission is a minimum of 3.2 for their MSN.
  4. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  5. The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying): Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B; and a free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
  6. Personal interviews are required.
  7. Students are required to come to campus for a residency each semester during their clinical courses. Faculty and advisors communicate campus dates early so students can plan their schedules.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 5544Advanced Health Assessment Skills Credits2 Credits

    This course provides a systematic approach to collection and documentation of advanced health/physical assessment, including the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiological changes, psychosocial and cultural variations of the patient. The assessment should be conducted within the context of the family and community, incorporating cultural and developmental variations, and the needs of the patient. The course consists of one hour of didactic/discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5546Foundations of Family Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice2 Credits

    This foundational course focuses on factors impacting mental health and the development of psychiatric disorders. The scope of practice and roles of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be introduced. Exploration of the foundations of therapeutic modalities both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic is included. Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation skills will be developed. Attention will be given to the development of therapeutic relationships, assessment considerations across the lifespan, crises evaluation and different types of diagnostic tools and approaches. Diagnostic reasoning skills will be applied to mental illness and students will begin to integrate assessment finding into diagnoses found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

  • NURSE 5547Diagnostic Reasoning/Advanced Assessment Credits3 Credits

    This course emphasizes utilization of advanced health/physical assessment skills, interpretation of diagnostic testing and lab values, validation, documentation and analysis of findings through diagnostic reasoning to develop and process differential diagnosis. The course consists of two hours of didactic/ discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 contact hours).

  • NURSE 5549RPharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics: Application for Graduate-Prepared Nurses1 Credit

    This course builds on prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Drug classes are reviewed in preparation for advanced clinical judgment. The principles for decision-making about drug selection, use and monitoring are explored. General principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed. Pertinent patient education concerning select pharmacotherapeutics agents is reviewed.

  • NURSE 5564MFamily Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice I (165 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare students to manage psychiatric illness in individuals. Emphasis will be given to psychiatric disorders commonly encountered such as thought disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and substance abuse. Special attention will be given to illnesses occurring in childhood and older age. Focus will be on strengthening mental health diagnostic skills and management of psychiatric illness in individuals. Students will learn to identify and treat short term mental health issues, chronic disorders and acute exacerbations. Psychotropic medication management skills will be developed. Students will begin their clinical hours during this course with a minimum of 165 in total. Patients seen in clinical settings will be across the lifespan. The course consist of three hours didactic/discussion and two hours of clinical/lab credit (165 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5566MFamily Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice II (165 clinical hours)4 Credits

    In this course, management of mental health problems will expand beyond the individual to include families, groups and the greater community. This course will emphasize development of psychotherapy skills by the advanced practice nurse. Theoretical foundations and intervention approaches for individuals, group and family therapies will be explored. Unique or modified approaches for pediatric and older adult populations will be covered. Students will be exposed to the common psychotherapy modalities and will begin to identify which approaches they will adopt and utilize in psychotherapy clinical experiences. Clinical management will also be expanded from outpatient settings to include crisis evaluation and inpatient care. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required in this course. Patients seen in clinical settings will be across the lifespan. The course consist of three hours didactic/discussion and two hours of clinical/lab credit (165 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5566MFamily Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice II4 Credits

    In this course, management of mental health problems will expand beyond the individual to include families, groups and the greater community. This course will emphasize development of psychotherapy skills by the advanced practice nurse. Theoretical foundations and intervention approaches for individuals, group and family therapies will be explored. Unique or modified approaches for pediatric and older adult populations will be covered. Students will be exposed to the common psychotherapy modalities and will begin to identify which approaches they will adopt and utilize in psychotherapy clinical experiences. Clinical management will also be expanded from outpatient settings to include crisis evaluation and inpatient care. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required in this course. Patients seen in clinical settings will be across the lifespan. The course consist of three hours didactic/discussion and two hours of clinical/lab credit (165 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5572MAdvanced Nursing Pratice Synthesis Practicum (330 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is a concentrated, experimental, supervised clinical opportunity to function in a psychiatric advanced practice nursing role. The focus of this intensive clinical practicum is on the synthesis and application of previous theory and clinical courses under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be expected to apply advanced clinical decision making skills and evidence based practice guidelines to the assessment, management, and evaluation of complex healthcare problems. Core concepts include advanced nursing practice, functional role responsibilities, ethical, legal and health policy issues, consultation/collaboration and activities with the emphasis on their relationship to patient outcomes. A minimum of 330 clinical hours is required. Patients seen in clinical settings will be across the lifespan. The course consists of one hour didactic/discussion and four hours of clinical/lab credit (330 clock hours).

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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