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Do You Qualify For This Program?
The PMHNP program at WGU has strict admission requirements and is only available in limited areas. There are several general admissions requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this program:
- Have a BSN degree from an accredited institution and have a specific GPA in certain courses from your degree program
- Have a current, active, RN license
- Be prepared to commit 30+ hours a week to the rigors, time-intensive program
- See other admissions criteria below
- Applicants must possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution. NOTE: Students that hold an MSN are not be eligible to apply for the PMHNP pathway.
- Applicants must possess a current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license
- Applicants must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the following 5 courses OR hold a BSN degree from WGU:
- Anatomy / Physiology I w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
- Anatomy / Physiology II w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
- Statistics (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
- Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
- Pharmacology (equivalent to 2 semester hours)
Note: All courses must be awarded a C- or above to meet this requirement. At this time, WGU is not accepting transfer credit for the Master of Science - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
- Students should be prepared to commit 30+ hours a week to the rigors, time-intensive program.
Don't Qualify for PMHNP Admission?
Many students interested in the PMHNP program don't yet qualify for admission. For many, earning a BSN is a critical first step in preparing for a future as a nurse practitioner. Current nurses can earn their BSN and then progress toward a career as a nurse practitioner with programs offered at WGU. And some students in select states can earn their RN licensure and BSN through WGU.
An Exciting and Rigorous Program That Can Change Your Future
Seize the moment and invest in your own professional growth by becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After completing the WGU Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, you will be prepared to deliver high-quality mental healthcare to individuals across the lifespan through diagnosing mental health disorders, providing therapy, prescribing medication, and in working with interprofessional teams.
Make a Difference in Your Community
Over 130 million Americans live in areas where there are not enough mental health providers. When you become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the WGU PMHNP program, you will become part of the mental healthcare solution that your community needs. Answer the call today, and start your journey to meeting the need for mental health providers in your community.
The nurse practitioner profession is consistently ranked among the top professions nationally due to the high demand for NP services, excellent work-life balance, and high salary. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners enjoy high pay, professional satisfaction in meeting patient needs, and flexibility in clinical practice with the highest adoption rate of telemedicine among all specialties.
Learn, prove it, move on.
Competency-based education focuses on learning rather than seat time. You’re in the driver’s seat. Each course is a collection of defined competencies—knowledge and skills that employers are looking for from successful graduates. You study on your schedule. As soon as you can prove you’ve mastered the competencies, you take an assessment, pass it, and move on. You spend your time learning new concepts, not rehashing subjects you already know. You can set the pace to graduate early. And in the end, your degree is proof you’ve shown that you’re what employers are looking for!
Your success is our job.
From before you enroll to after you graduate, our #1 job is a better life for you and your family. Think of it as the best of both worlds: a program that offers complete independence and more support than you ever knew you needed—at exactly the moment you need it! From the Enrollment Counselor who helps you decide if WGU is the right fit for you, to the faculty mentors who are obsessed with your academic progress, to the student and tech support teams who are eager to help you solve any issues you might encounter as a student, you’re never alone—even though you’re online. And even after you’ve graduated, career and alumni support is just a call away.
Smaller investment, bigger returns.
At WGU, affordability means cutting-edge programs at tuition rates that are about half of what you’d pay at other online universities.* It means graduating with little or no student debt. It means scholarship and financial aid opportunities and minimal, transparent fees. It means a flat-rate, per-term tuition so that when you save time, you also save money. And it means understanding that value includes quality, flexibility, relevance, and results, not just cost.
*WGU average annual bachelor’s tuition rates are 40% lower than the national average, compared to national rates reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems in 2022. WGU average rate does not include rates for WGU Bachelor of Science, Nursing Prelicensure program.