Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS/CAGS)


The need for highly engaged and clinically excellent nurses has never been more profound.

The graduate program in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Northeastern University is designed to prepare nurses to provide a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in community mental health centers, residential programs, schools and outpatient practice settings.

Since students are in various stages of career development we offer specialized and flexible program options. This program is offered in part-time or full-time, based on your schedule.

The program offers coursework online with most of the coursework asynchronous* with synchronous remote meetings in some courses, such as the PMHNP specialty theory and practicum courses. Students will come to Northeastern’s campus twice during the program for long weekend clinical intensives to connect with faculty, perfect clinical skills and prepare for the certification exam. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exams for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC].

*Asynchronous refers to a recorded class you can do in your own time.

The program in which you are enrolled prepares you to practice in any state, based on the information posted on each state’s nursing licensure website.


Degree types:
MS in Nursing
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Study options:
– Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
Fall: August 1
Spring: November 1

GRE: Not required

F1 Visa: Not eligible

Tuition and Fees
Online courses are offered at a discounted rate. Students admitted to an online program will take all courses online at the discounted rate. Students admitted to the Boston campus program may also have access to the online discounted rate for core courses at the discretion of the program director and when room is available in the online section.

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The curriculum of the Northeastern University Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Nursing program has a lifespan focus, with core course content covering all ages.

The program emphasizes a biopsychosocial framework to develop the understanding of human development, etiology of psychiatric disorders, and treatment modalities geared towards working with individuals across the lifespan and their families. The course of study emphasizes diagnostic decision making, psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group therapies, and psychopharmacology across the lifespan. We are known for our emphasis on the needs of children and families.

Massachusetts State Seal

The prelicensure programs at Northeastern University School of Nursing Boston campus are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Sample Curriculum

Curriculum subject to change.
For most up-to-date information please refer to the university’s academic catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program must have a current US Nursing license for admission to the program. GRE scores are not required. Please note that all letters of recommendations and official transcripts must be submitted via NursingCAS.

Northeastern is currently able to accept applications from applicants living in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

To apply, applicants must also have the following:

Minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades of ‘B’ or better, is required in all nursing courses

Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing within 5 years of entering the program

Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Curriculum vitae

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited USA program 

Current RN licensure

At least 1 year of active full-time psychiatric nursing experience is required for the MS. CAGS requires applicants to be a practicing NPs.

Letter of intent to study

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework

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Northeastern University
102 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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Experiential Learning and Clinical Placement

Students apply classroom learning in an array of healthcare settings or educational settings during their clinical practica. PMHNP preceptors may be available across a variety of sectors of the healthcare system, including private, public, hospital or community based settings, community mental health centers, outpatient clinics, and residential schools.  

Northeastern will partner with students to identify clinical placements within 100 miles of their home. Online students will be responsible for identifying and proposing a clinical preceptor for review and approval by their program director. 

Northeastern will work to ensure clinical affiliations are in place but require 6 months to expedite contracts

For additional experiential learning, students will have two 2-3 day clinical intensives over weekends

Online Program Experiential Learning and Clinical Placements

Northeastern will partner with students to identify clinical placements within 100 miles of their home. The online students will be responsible for identifying and proposing a clinical preceptor for review and approval by their program director.

We’ll work to ensure clinical affiliations are in place but require 6 months to expedite contracts.

Students will be expected to travel to the Boston campus for two 2-3 day clinical intensives over weekends. Students will be responsible for cost of travel, room and board for the on-campus intensives.