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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track at the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston provides you with the advanced training to work with individuals, groups, and families across the lifespan in a variety of professional settings. When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the PMHNP certification examination offered by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Two doctor of nursing practice graduates at commencement.

Nurse Practitioner Pathways

Wherever you are on your nursing journey, Cizik School of Nursing can help you become a leader in advanced practice nursing. Get the details on options for students entering with a BSN or a graduate degree.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track at a Glance

Our flexible, hybrid PMHNP specialty track is designed for working nurses. Through online courses and clinical rotations, you will connect with faculty and classmates. Upon completion, you can apply to take the national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Once certified, you can then apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license in Texas.

Admit Terms

Spring and Fall

Average Completion

10 semesters

Credit Requirement

29-30 hours for post-graduate; 79 hours for BSN-DNP

Educational Mode

Online and on-campus courses.

Enrollment Level

Degree plan includes a mix of full- and part-time semesters.

Estimated Tuition

Among the lowest in the state

Meet student Emily Clavell-Head

Emily Clavell-Head, BSN, RN, was drawn to Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston by its reputation and chose Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track for a personal reason.


Real-world Clinical Opportunities

Because we offer one of the most accessible PMHNP specialty tracks in Texas, you can complete your clinical requirements in the globally renowned Texas Medical Center or where you live. Our curriculum strongly emphasizes psychotherapeutic techniques and psychopharmacotherapy. So whether you complete your clinical hours in the UTHealth Houston John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center or at other inpatient and outpatient facilities around the state, the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track of our DNP program will prepare you to be a skilled and confident practitioner.

Affordable Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education

Our high-quality Doctor of Nursing Practice program is among the most affordable in Texas. You can also apply for merit- and need-based scholarships through Cizik School of Nursing to help you financially as you complete the PMHNP specialty track.

Dedicated Faculty

Thanks to small and engaging classes, you will be able to work closely with faculty mentors who bring their years of professional and teaching experience into the classroom to help you strengthen the skills to succeed as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

Dr. Latarsha Cheatham in Sim Lab

Career Pathways as a PMHNP

Cizik School of Nursing advanced practice degree graduates are eligible to take national certification exams and eligible for licensure as an advanced practice nurse in Texas. Check requirements for other states.

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Our PMHNP specialty track will prepare you to work in a wide variety of health care and other professional settings, including:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Emergency departments
  • Correctional settings
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Inpatient mental health facilities
  • State mental health departments
  • Private practice settings
  • Substance abuse and recovery programs
  • Child and adolescent assessment centers


Get Started toward Becoming a PMHNP

Apply to the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. We look forward to helping you every step of the way.

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Call 713-500-2145, or email [email protected].


Your Home for Lifelong Learning

Once you have become a nurse practitioner, Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston will be here to help you maintain your certification and hone your skills through continuing professional development courses and webinars.