M.Sc. On Campus

Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Fairfield University

24 months
925 USD/credit 25437 USD/year
925 USD/credit 25437 USD/year
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Fairfield University's Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares students to assess, diagnose, and provide primary mental health care for people of all ages from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are suffering from psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. 


Individual, group, and family therapy, as well as medication management are important components of the curriculum. Graduates of the Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program from Fairfield University work in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, home care, emergency rooms, integrated behavioral clinics, extended care facilities, residential treatment centers, and community mental health centers.

Career & Professional Opportunities

  • In Fairfield's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, you'll develop skills to provide care for adults from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of settings: in-patient, community-based, and private practice. 
  • You'll learn to care for patients with a variety of mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and thought disorders. 
  • You'll also have the opportunity to develop expertise in caring for special populations, such as substance abuse, elderly, or forensic mental health.
  • As a graduate, you'll be prepared to work as clinical faculty in undergraduate nursing programs. After one year of practice, you'll be prepared to serve as a preceptor for graduate students in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Advanced Healthcare Policy
  • Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice
  • Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


55 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the MS in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a quality point average of 3.0 or higher preferred. RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to complete select prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the MSN program.
  • A Completed application 
  • A Non-refundable $65 application fee made payable to Fairfield University (paid by credit card if applying online).
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • An Admission Essay
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor.
  • Copy of current RN License to practice in the state of Connecticut.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25437 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 925 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    25437 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 925 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Fairfield

1736 - 2740 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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