Preparing nurses interested in advanced practice roles to promote and maintain health and to prevent, detect and treat acute and chronic mental illness in adults across a variety of settings
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.
Applicants must submit a completed application and:
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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:
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).
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.