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M.S. in Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.) at Rowan University provides registered nurses (R.N.) with skills in advanced practice nursing. Our Psychiatric Mental Health Concentration prepares you for the concentration certification exam. 

As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (N.P.), you will assess and diagnose patients, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to patients with diagnosed disorders, as well as those with family histories or other factors that increase the likelihood of potential mental illness. 

MSN Curriculum
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The Rowan University Master of Science in Nursing is a part-time program offered in a hybrid format with a combination of fully online courses, face to face classes, and clinical experiences. At the completion of the MSN the graduate will have completed a minimum of 600 clinical hours in the area of the Nurse Practioner track.

All applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing program will complete seven core graduate level courses. Admission to the concentration will only occur after application review by the coordinator. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Master of Science in Nursing core courses in order to be considered by the Department of Nursing to move into the Nurse Practitioner Concentration Track.

Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 22 S.H.
NURS 05504 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 05505 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 05503 Advanced Nursing Research 4
NURS 05501 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 05500 Integrated Information Technology In Health Care 3
NURS 05507 Leadership & Care Delivery Environment 3
NURS 05508 Special Issues & Trends In Nursing 3
Nurse Practitioner Core Courses: 4 S.H.
NURS 05516 Epidemiology Health Promotion & Disease Management 2
NURS 05517 Nurse Practitioner Role: History, Practice Regulations, Reimbursement and Ethics 2
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 27 S.H.
NURS 05551 Theoretical Foundations of Psychotherapy Across the Life Span 3
NURS 05552 Biopsychosocial Assessment and Differential Diagnosis 3
NURS 05553 Principles of Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span 3
NURS 05554 Behavior Theory I: Care of the Adult and the Older Adult and Family 3
NURS 05555 Behavior Clinical Practicum I: Care of the Adult and the Older Adult and Family (200 clinical hours) 3
NURS 05556 Behavior Theory II: Care of the Adult and the Older Adult and Family 3
NURS 05557 Behavior Clinical Practicum II: Care of the Adult and the Older Adult and Family (200 clinical hours) 3
NURS 05558 Behavior Theory III: Care of the Child and Adolescent and Family 3
NURS 05559 Behavior Clinical Practicum III: Care of the Child and Adolescent and Family (200 clinical hours) 3

*Special Issues & Trends in Nursing (must be last MSN core course taken)

The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed foundation courses

    • Comprehensive Health Assessment and Research Applications in Nursing Practice. (the MSN Academic Advisor will determine foundation course equivalencies)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Current professional resume
  • Copy of valid CPR card (must be updated every two years and sent the Department of Nursing)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum grade of "C" or better in all nursing subject area courses
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned; presented in a sealed official envelope)
  • Proof of current (U.S), valid RN license (must maintain active New Jersey RN license the duration of the program)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources
  • Individual Professional Malpractice Insurance (required at time of application and must be maintained the duration of the program)
Scholarship Opportunities
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Rowan University is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to support M.S. in Nursing students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs.

These opportunities are provided through the DREAM program, a grant-funded initiative by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) that offers full or partial scholarships.

The purpose of the DREAM program is to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives trained and prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and/or maternal health care. The grant will support the training and graduation of advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students/trainees in these disciplines by providing tuition and other eligible supports to trainees. Funding preference will be given to those applicants who are committed to practice in underserved or rural communities or state and local health departments. Individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply to the program. All interested individuals are welcome to apply.

For more information, contact Dr. Carmen McDonald, Graduate Program Director, Department of Nursing at 856-256-5180 or

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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Career Outlook

As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you will assess and evaluate mental health needs, formulate treatment plans, and evaluate patient progress for a broad range of mental health challenges. This concentration offers critical skill development that will provide growth opportunities in various health systems, especially psychiatric hospitals; Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP); and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) within the mental health sector.


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