University of Missouri-Kansas City

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Master of science in nursing

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost


Typical Course Load

2 courses per semester

Typical Program Length

2.5 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. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders. They may also serve as consultants or as educators.

Top-ranked programs

UMKC's online master's in nursing programs ranked among the nation's finest in U.S. News & World Report 2024.

A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner smiles while talking to her patient.

Career Prospects

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.


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 two courses each semester and finish in two and a half years.

Course work includes:

  • Advanced physiology across the lifespan
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Health care policy and advocacy
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Health promotion, across the lifespan


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

The MS at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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