Careers: Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Careers: Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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Money Icon Career Outlook

Career opportunities for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners will grow 26% until 2028. The median annual wages for a PMHNP is $140,592 per year in the United States according to Indeed.

What Can you Do with a Post-Master’s Psych Degree?

Graduates of UC Online’s post master’s certificate for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners program are prepared for careers working with patients across the spectrum of age and mental health. This career can be a rewarding lifelong pursuit for nurses who are compassionate, kind and not afraid of a challenge.

Students in this online post master’s certificate program gain real-world experience and advanced psychiatric nursing skills focused on working with patients of all ages who struggle to cope with mental illness. Graduates can find employment across the healthcare industry. The program can be completed by advanced nurses in as little as 16 months.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses $86,070 5-8%
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists $96,100 9%
Nurse Practitioners $126,260 9%

Employment Opportunities

What can you do with a PMHNP degree? With an advanced qualification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, there are many possibilities for impactful, challenging and rewarding careers both inside and outside the realm of healthcare.

These highly advanced nurse practitioners can work in hospital settings, start their own private practices or work in a range of other settings, including:

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

By the numbers

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a nurse practitioner in 2018 was $113,930. Salaries can vary greatly based on location, years of experience and specific role requirements.
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Employment opportunities for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 31% from 2016 to 2026.”
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