Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Overview || Program Information || Certification


Program of Study
- Required courses for program.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP) was developed based on a long tradition of Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago College of Nursing (CON). A Doctor of Science in Nursing (DNP) in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide an excellent foundation for fulfilling a lifetime career as an advanced practice nurse (APN).

Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing is one of the fastest growing specialties and the College of Nursing offers an excellent education provided by some of the nation’s foremost nursing leaders. Students are surrounded by energetic and supportive peers, receive personal and professional guidance, and work with outstanding clinical partners.

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Program Information

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) study option is housed in the Department of Health Systems Science (HSS) of the College of Nursing.  This study option has been preparing psychiatric mental health nurse leaders on the Chicago campus with students from regional campus areas: Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Quad-Cities, Springfield, and Rockford. The curriculum has a lifespan focus that incorporates both online technology and face-to-face mentoring.  The program has an enduring tradition of providing an education that integrates excellence in academic preparation with the equally important development of clinical skills in diagnostic reasoning, psychotherapy, and pharmacotherapy. Clinical practitioners in the community as well as faculty serve as preceptors. Faculty assign students to clinical practicum sites that provide highly individualized experiences that enable students to meet learning objectives within a variety of mental health settings and populations.

At completion of the PMHNP program you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the specialty competencies needed for doctoral practice in psychiatric nursing
  • Translate science to influence healthcare policy
  • Implement evidence-based practices to optimize healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities
  • Practice strategic management skills to improve the effectiveness of nursing interventions  and health systems outcomes
  • Develop transdisciplinary ventures to create innovative healthcare delivery models
  • Demonstrate fiscal leadership in planning and in management for nursing practice
  • Integrate technology with nursing practice skills to improve quality and accessibility of care

Overview || Program Information || Certification


Graduates meet requirements to sit for the national certification examination for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Recent graduates are influencing health care outcomes for individuals, families and populations practicing in institutions of higher education, hospital settings, community mental health centers, private practice, psychiatric home-care programs, forensic mental health programs, and as members of community based intensive case management teams.