MS in Nursing with Emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Students who pursue the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MS(N) will be prepared to deliver evidence-based advanced primary mental health care to individuals of all ages (e.g., children, adolescents, and adults) and their families in a variety of healthcare settings, including in rural and under-served populations. The student will engage in independent and interdependent decision-making, managing psychotropic medications, and delivering psychotherapeutic, and psycho-education interventions. In addition, graduates will be prepared to manage clinical efforts in the primary care setting, provide visionary leadership, and implement evidence-based practice.

Degree Requirements

The MS(N) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum provides core master’s coursework in combination with Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The specialty courses focus on care of the individual and the family, with a special emphasis on the rural and under-served, utilizing evidence practice guidelines.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). Students who have completed a master’s degree in Nursing in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.

Students must complete the core course required of the MS in Nursing in addition to coursework for the declared emphasis area. 

Core Courses
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1
Emphasis Area Coursework
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 8089Transition to APRN Practice1
NURSE 8610Diagnostics and Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Nurses3.5
NURSE 8620Brief Individual and Family Psychotherapy4
NURSE 8640Group Therapy and Social Skills Training3.5
NURSE 8680Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment3.5
NURSE 8980Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum4

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Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans of study can be found on the Sinclair School of Nursing MSN webpage.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the Master of Science program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you have applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Application Deadlines: After the application deadline, submitted materials will be reviewed. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance decision within four weeks. Program application timelines vary by emphasis area. Refer to How to Apply for specific deadlines.

Admission Contact Information
School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
573- 882-0200