Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioners provide psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults as well as mature adults experiencing a continuum of psychiatric illnesses.

Program Information

This program prepares students to provide comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to those who are symptomatic in need of psychiatric services. Care continuum sites for Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner practice includes ambulatory care settings, acute care, long-term care, and community health facilities.

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty course (CMN 548) are required to attend a mandatory three-day clinical orientation on campus during that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.


for those students beginning the specialty course CMN 548 in the fall semester of 2018. Each event will take place at USA College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

Our program is a Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner Program. Students who enroll in to this program must be prepared to work with children, adolescents, and adults to ensure that they are proficiently trained to administer psychiatric care to all ages, genders, and cultures. The completion of this program allows for the students to be eligible to take the Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam only.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN to MSN for Associate/diploma RN’s

RN to MSN for associate/diploma RN’s with a BS/BA degree in a non-nursing discipline


Please feel free to contact Dr. Melanie Varnado for more information about this specialty: