Devoted to Caring for the Mental and Emotional Needs of All Patients

Carlow University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP) is for ethical healthcare professionals seeking to create a better healthcare system by contributing to fair and just mental health care – and all healthcare – for everyone.

With more than 26 million individuals with a mental illness going untreated, our nation is in dire need of compassionate, ethical mental health leaders. Carlow’s PMHNP program is for students devoted to providing specialized assessment and treatment for a full range of mental health disorders, including counseling and medication management. Within this program, it is possible to specialize in certain types of patients, such as children, families, or those with substance abuse problems.

Credits Required:
  • 19 courses for the MSN
  • 14 courses for the Post MSN
  • 9 courses for the Post MSN NP
Cost Per Credit:


Time to Degree:

As few as 28 months


100% online

Secondary Keyword Curriculum

The greater demand for PMHNPs coincides with a dramatic increase in reported cases of depression and anxiety, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring that get the treatment they need remains a key concern. With such an unmet need for service providers in this specialty to care for existing patients and help new ones, the demand for more nurses to pursue this specialty will likely only grow.

Quick Facts

  • The ideal student is a nurse with compassion, sensitivity, and exceptional communication and relationship-building skills. It requires someone who can be objective and empathetic who understands that a person isn’t defined by their mental health condition.
  • Graduates of Carlow’s nursing programs are prepared to be innovative, caring, compassionate, ethical members of a healthcare team. The opportunity for interdisciplinary education with psychology and social work peers is a distinct advantage.
  • Carlow has 75 years of experience in educating nurses and the nurse practitioner programs have had 97-100% pass rates for certification boards over the past eight years.
  • Carlow offers certification for nurses who already possess an MSN in another field of study.
  • Upon completion of the degree or certification, the graduate can sit for a national certification exam, and upon passing, is given a professional, advanced practice license by the state board.
  • Each state has a different licensing board, but they all require and accept the national certification. We utilize a board review course in the student’s final semester to help them successfully prepare and pass the certification exam.

Alternate Degree Completion Options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count towards both degrees. Apply for this option after your sophomore year.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

  • 3.0 GPA Minimum for Admission
  • Apply anytime, start date in the Fall Semester.
  • It is possible to transfer up to 18 post-Masters credits.
  • This program accepts international students.
  • Current CV, graduate transcript, and an essay are required to apply.
  • Three (3) professional recommendations are required.

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If you are interested in this doctorate Visit admissions or call 412.578.6059 if you would like to learn more about the program by scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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