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Graduate School

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - MSN


Online Format

  • Major: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
  • School/College: Nursing

Program Website

See the program curriculum and learn about admission. 



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Summer Application Deadlines
September 1
November 1
February 1

Fall Application Deadlines
January 15
March 1
May 1

Required Documents

  • Transcripts (minimum GPA of 3.0 from the previous undergraduate degree, all transcripts are reviewed regardless of the program)
  • 3 Letters of Reference:  The professional recommendation form should come from individuals with a master's or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be used in lieu of our recommendation form.) 
  • Personal Goal Statement: Use the prompts provided in the application
  • Current CV or Resume: In addition to your education and professional experiences, include any certifications, leadership experiences, experiences with diverse or underserved population, paid or volunteer healthcare experiences.
  • Verification of Work Hours form - Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (2,400 hours) within the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience in an acute care setting (ICU, critical care, medical/surgical, or emergency department).Current Unencumbered RN Licensure in State of Residence
  • Current Unencumbered RN Licensure in State of Residence
  • Current BLS certification

Applications Accepted for These Semesters...

  • Summer Semester
  • Fall Semester


A Note from the Program

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program is designed to prepare graduates to provide holistic, mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care across the lifespan. The PMHNP will be prepared to practice in diverse settings including nurse-managed clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, home health, private psychiatric practices, addition centers, general ambulatory clinics, and schools. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's PMHNP exam.

This online program is available in states whose licensing boards approve distance learning. While the majority of students are from SC and surrounding states, the USC College of Nursing is not currently authorized to provide this program in all states. Please refer to our State Authorization website for a list of all available states.

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