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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (MS)

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The graduate program in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Northeastern University is designed to prepare nurses to provide a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in community mental health centers, residential programs, schools and outpatient practice settings.

Since students are in various stages of career development we offer specialized and flexible program options. Part-time and full- time programs are available. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and early evening hours to accommodate the multiple responsibilities of adult learners.

  • For nurses who have a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing 
 the Master of Science (MS) option is a 43-semester hour program.
  • For nurses with master's preparation in other nursing specialties the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) option is a 24 Semester hour program.
  • For nurses with a Diploma or Associate Degree from a nursing program there is a 67 Semester hour BSN/MSN option.
  • For those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in a related (non-nursing) field, Direct Entry Program is available.

Upon completion of the Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing graduate program curriculum, graduates are eligible to sit for available national certification exams in their area of practice.

Incoming students should be aware that the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) plans to retire specific certification exams related to PMH, with the Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as the sole new certification exam offered in 2015.   The lifespan focus of our curriculum prepares students for this exam.


The Curriculum of the Northeastern University Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Nursing program has a lifespan focus, with core course content covering all ages. The program emphasizes a biopsychosocial framework to develop the understanding of human development, etiology of psychiatric disorders, and treatment modalities geared towards working with individuals across the lifespan and their families. The course of study emphasizes diagnostic decision making, psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group therapies, and psychopharmacology across the lifespan.  We are known for our emphasis on the needs of children and families.

Link: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health.

View the full Curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Students apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings or educational settings. Clinical practica re available across a variety of sectors of the health care system primarily in the Boston area, including private, public, and community based settings, including community mental health centers, outpatient clinics, residential and public schools. Faculty advisors choose from available clinical sites that are appropriate to the learning needs and goals of each student. Northeastern University School of Nursing is committed to the unique needs of clients from diverse groups in urban and underprivileged areas.

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Contact Info

Mary Foley, Program Coordinator
106M Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.5587