Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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Miss our info session? Watch the recording to learn about the application process and admissions requirements from program director Dr. Lee Tyson, DNP, DMin, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN.

University of Cincinnati’s Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program

For nurses, compassion, empathy and critical thinking go without saying. University of Cincinnati nurses build on these traits to become leaders in whichever setting they choose to work.

For over a decade, we have pioneered online nursing education across the nation. Our mission is to ensure our graduates are empowered to think critically; advocate for patients and the profession; and explore, generate and apply nursing knowledge in any setting.

The University of Cincinnati’s online nursing programs are nationally recognized for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application and research activity. Our programs are taught by doctorally prepared faculty who are practicing nurses, up-to-date clinically. Certification pass rates are above 96% for first time test takers.* Learn more about the program and application process from a current PMHNP online student.

Quick Facts

  • Three start dates a year
  • Program can be completed in as few as 16 months
  • 96% pass rate for first time ANCC test takers
  • Review the admissions requirement page for the 3 required courses needed


The baccalaureate, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001. Contact CCNE at 202-887-6791. CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


The University of Cincinnati Post-graduate Certificate in Nursing Program (all tracks except AGACNP, NNP, and ACPNP tracks are delivered via distance education) holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 202-909-2487. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

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* ANCC certification pass rates are based on 2023 graduates. Data published 4/22/2024.

What will I learn as a PMHNP?

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master’s certificate program prepares nurses to provide effective care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. PMHNPs work with individuals and families to develop a diagnosis and then design, implement and monitor a plan of care. Responsibilities can also include prescribing medication and administering psychotherapy.

This program is offered fully online, and requires students to attend a two-day virtual, synchronous program intensive to network with cohort members, meet faculty and personally experience the high-quality culture and competence of the University of Cincinnati. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Post-Master’s Psychiatirc Nurse Practitioner Career Options

Career opportunties for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners are very strong. The median annual wages for a PMHNP is $140,592 per year in the United States according to Indeed. After graduation, you can work in hospital settings, start your own private practice or work in a range of other settings, including:

  • Outpatient Clicnics
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Behavioral Health Homes
  • Acute Care Services
  • Private Practice
  • Long-Term Care

Learn more on our careers page. 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student caring for patient

Meet the PMHNP Program Director 

Dr. Tyson is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding dual doctorates in Psychiatric Nursing Practice and Theology & Spiritual Formation. He is triple-boarded and certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan), Adult Nurse Practitioner and Certified Addiction Registered Nurse—Advanced Practice (CARN-AP, Nursing Addictionologist). He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Addictions. Dr. Tyson joined UC in 2014 as an adjunct instructor. Soon, he was brought on as a visiting professor and moved from that role to assistant and then associate professor. He became a program director in 2018. Learn more about Dr. Tyson and UC’s online psychiatric-mental health np program. 

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