- Adult-Gerontology NP
- BSN On-campus
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Educator
- PhD in Nursing
- Psychiatric and Mental Health
- RN to BSN
- Nutrition and Dietetics
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Frequently Asked Questions
How are courses offered and can I take courses online?
This online program includes one mandatory on-campus visit for one week while enrolled in Advanced Health Assessment. Students participate in synchronous and asynchronous on-line coursework. Clinical experiences are coordinated with the assistance of the Placement Coordinator.
Can I take classes out of sequence?
Students are admitted into a cohort that progresses together through the plan of study. Any exceptions will be considered by the Track Director.
What is the purpose of the program?
The purpose of this program is to prepare nurses for the PMHNP role. This program addresses a significant shortage of mental health providers throughout the country, with our focus on the Midwest and rural areas. Nurses are prepared to assume the role of an independent practitioner delivering psychiatric care to individuals across the lifespan.
What can I do with a Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing?
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the PMHNP certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Depending on the state in which you establish a clinical practice, you may do therapy and/or medication management in an independent practice or with the supervision of a collaborating psychiatrist should your state require this. You will be prepared to provide psychiatric care to individuals and groups across the lifespan and may choose to work in a variety of mental health care settings--clinics, hospitals, correctional centers and the community.
Is full-time or part-time study available?
The program can be completed by attending either full-time or part-time, however the last year of the part time curriculum is full-time (8-12 credits per semester). Curriculum Plans
I took a course at another university. How do I get assessed for transfer credit?
In order to determine if transfer credit can be awarded for a course from another university, a copy of the syllabus from that course must be submitted for review to the CNPD Office of Student Services. UND does not accept transfer credit which were completed by challenge examinations.
How do I find a clinical site?
Clinical experiences are an integral part of the program. Students have used a variety of clinical sites to gain a broad clinical experience. The Nursing Clinical Placement Coordinator will assist students in finding clinical placements. While we try to accommodate student’s preferred clinical locations, numerous variables go into clinical placements. Currently, placements are prioritized to North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Placement in your state is not guaranteed.
UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state regulations and competitiveness of placement. Please contact your state board of nursing PRIOR TO APPLYING to see if there are any restrictions or special requirements that could impact your attendance at an out of state online nursing program.
Who can precept me in the clinical area?
Preceptors must be licensed psychiatric providers with unencumbered licenses. While advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses (PMHNP, PMHCNS) are preferred, other mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, master’s prepared licensed social workers and master’s prepared licensed addiction counselors may supervise clinical experiences as well. Preceptors are chosen in collaboration with the PMHNP Track Director. A Clinical Affiliation Agreement must be in place with the preceptor’s agency prior to the start of the clinical practicum.
When are applications being accepted?
The application deadline is January 15 of each year for fall admission. Once the application process is complete, applications are reviewed. If selected, the applicant will be contacted to set up an interview. Admission decisions are made in early April and students will be notified of acceptance to the program through the School of Graduate Studies. Admissions are accepted only once per year with coursework to begin the fall of admission.
How many years RN experience are required?
At least one year of RN experience is required, two or more are preferred. At least one year in a psychiatric setting is recommended.