Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)


A highly qualified faculty is dedicated to the mission of the university in teaching, research and service. Each faculty member provides personal attention in the careful advising of PMHNP students.

Nurses must be prepared to direct and provide quality-based, cost-effective care. In the 21st century, knowledge, competency, and clinical and information technology are the indicators of a successful professional nurse. The Master of Science in Nursing degree does and will make a difference! The Southern Miss PMHNP Program provides a scientific and research-based curriculum that prepares practitioners.



The online program of study is designed to prepare graduate nurses to provide family mental health care in diverse community health settings. Study is focused on individual group and family interventions. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to apply for certification as a nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program of study may be taken full-time or part-time. Students may complete the full-time program of study in five semesters.



A variety of acute and community-based health care systems in Mississippi serve as clinical education arenas for students.



All students admitted to the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program take courses from the graduate core as well as PMHNP courses. The core courses are designed to enable the student to study the problems and concerns of a specialized area of nursing from a theoretical perspective. Core courses may be completed on a part-time basis prior to admission to the PMHNP program. All students also take a designated number of courses from their area of study. These courses provide students with the opportunity to develop competence and expertise as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


Admission Application Deadlines

March 1, May 1, September 1, or November 1



The College of Nursing offers graduate certificates in Nursing for MSN graduates who desire to obtain additional education in another clinical emphasis area. These certificates will provide students and professionals an opportunity to gain expertise in another emphasis area to meet educational and role requirements for their present or future employment or to meet advanced clinical certification in specialty areas. 

Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Programs