Online Master of Science in Nursing
Primary Care Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Online & Onsite

16
Courses

28
Months

Overview of the Online MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Program

Best-Overall-Online-Nurse-Practitioner-Programs-in-Indiana.pngServe your patients physically and spiritually.

Expand your nursing knowledge and deepen your impact on patients. The Master of Science in Primary Care Nursing with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization prepares you to advance your career by serving patients with diverse needs and backgrounds. IWU’s faith-integrated approach enables you to serve patients both spiritually and physically. 

When you enroll in the PMHNP program, you get the opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in nursing. All our faculty are nationally certified NPs and have years of experience in the field. They’ll make sure you’re prepared though both online courses and onsite residency experiences. Our program provides:

  • Primarily online coursework
  • Opportunity to do live OSCE psych evals with trained actors
  • Christ-centered perspective on mental health

You’ll Learn To…

  • Provide care for diverse populations with psychiatric mental health needs
  • Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare teams and community organizations to provide care for individuals with multiple health needs
  • Serve as an advocate for vulnerable populations with psychiatric mental health conditions
  • Treat individuals with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan
  • Address the spiritual needs of the psychiatric mental health patient/client

Career Options

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Professor
  • Travel Nurse

TUITION

CREDIT HOURS
49 Total
TUITION
$685/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing iwuenroll@indwes.edu.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.

COURSES

Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

16 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.

PMHN-513,GNUR-501,GNUR-510,GNUR-525,GNUR-528,GNUR-530,PYC-602,PYC-614,PYC-612,PMHN-620,PMHN-652,PMHN-622,PMHN-630,PMHN-640,PMHN-650,PMHN-693

REQUIREMENTS

Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). -OR- Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:
    • A minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice.
    • Submit a portfolio with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee for applicants who do not have a BSN degree.
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed -OR- graduate-level grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from accredited program where at least 9 credits were completed. GPA for conditional admission: Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9-credit hours of masters nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA
    • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission
    • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.
    • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses will be denied regular admission.
  • Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. At least one recommendation must be from a supervisor from within the last two years. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  • Official transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken, sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University
  • At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) or the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing major must have 500 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the applicant’s expense. A second background check and drug screen will be conducted for Psychiatric Mental Health NP students prior to the first practicum experience, at the student’s expense. Admission and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.

  • Satisfactory completion of all core, major, and clinical requirements for the specific program.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR prefix) course and “B” in each major (PYC, PMHN prefixed) course.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • The MSN degree programs must be completed within a maximum of four years from the date of enrollment; the dual MSN/MBA degree program must be completed within a maximum of five years from the date of enrollment.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Students must maintain an active license in the state where clinical requirements are completed. All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

Practicum

Practice is an essential component of the masters nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students accrue a minimum of 525 practicum hours, and attend an onsite course in advanced health assessment and two intensives.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements. 

START DATES

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE). IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, https://www.nonpf.org.

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023