University of Missouri-Kansas City

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Graduate certificate (post-master's certificate)

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


2-3 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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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. Graduates of UMKC are eligible to sit for national certification as a PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner looking up at a patient as they discuss something.

Career Prospects

Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in two to three years.

Course work includes:

  • Foundations of family psychiatric nursing advanced practice
  • Advanced health assessment skills
  • Diagnostic reasoning


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The post-master's certificate at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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