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Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, ME,
The M.S. in Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings


Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program from University of Southern Maine provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master's students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation.

Graduate students extend their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master's students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client/patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares an advanced practice nurse with skills in therapeutic interventions and introduces medication management with individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Graduates who complete the PMHNP concentration are eligible to sit for national certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan).

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development 
  • Nursing Research 
  • Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
  • Graduate Clinical Project
  • Continuing Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Supervision
  •  Foundations of Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application fee: 
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended,  
  • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES approved transcript analysis agency is required 
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: Candidates should provide an integrated essay of approximately 1,000 words that includes:
  • Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's knowledge 
  • Formal Interview: Candidates to be interviewed will be selected on the basis of the above information. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    739 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 739 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    281 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 281 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Gorham

  • 1370 - 2130 USD/month
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