Flexible Online Coursework
Connect with peers and instructors both online and through an on-campus residency.

Simplified Clinical Placement
Our Placement Team helps you find a clinical placement site — free of charge.

Excellence in Nursing
Backed by over 70 years and recognized as a College of Distinction for Nursing.

Question 1

Do you live in the state of Virginia?

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Question 2

Do you hold your RN license?

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Question 3

What is your highest level of
education in nursing?

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Question 4

How many years of schooling are you able to commit to?

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Question 5

Do you want to achieve the highest level nursing degree?

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Question 6

Do you want to become a family nurse practitioner?

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Question 7

Are you interested in preventative care throughout the patient's lifespan?

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Question 8

What is your main motivator for furthering your nursing education:

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Question 9

Are you comfortable with a Cathloic university rooted in intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective?

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Why Become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is an impactful way to help people navigate mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and more.

PMHNPs are equipped with advanced training to deliver compassionate, evidence-based mental and behavioral health care to patients of all ages. Whether it relates to individual, family or group care, they work closely with patients by:

  • Assessing mental health needs
  • Diagnosing and treating mental health disorders
  • Prescribing medication
  • Providing therapy sessions
  • Advocating for patients

Please note that specific responsibilities may vary depending on the state in which you are practicing.

PMHNP Careers By The Numbers



40% job growth for nurse practitioners
is projected from 2021 to 2031.1


50% of mental health disorders
affect people as early as the age of 14.2


21% of U.S. adults struggled
with mental health in 2020.2