About the Yale School of Nursing Online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program
Drawing on nearly a century of excellence in nursing education, YSN’s online Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares the next generation of advanced practice nurse practitioners to promote health in all people.
About Yale School of Nursing
Yale School of Nursing stands at the forefront of nursing education. For nearly a century, YSN has equipped nurses with a human-forward approach to patient care. Today, YSN upholds its legacy of pushing the field forward through pioneering research and innovation.
YSN students benefit from the firsthand expertise of instructors, mentors, and preceptors who practice clinically. Graduates of YSN emerge ready to serve their communities, educate individuals, and advocate for inclusive and equitable health care.
Additionally, the YSN Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) supports strategic initiatives aimed at advancing health equity and directly contributing to YSN’s mission of better health for all people.
Mission and values
YSN is a community that believes access to high-quality patient-centered health care is a social right. Here, leaders emphasize innovation grounded in creativity and the integration of education, scholarship, practice and policy in service of social justice and health equity.
YSN’s strategic vision unites education, science, health systems, and partnerships to educate each generation’s nurse leaders and aid in achieving the school’s mission of better health for all people. Learn more about the school’s vision from Dean Ann Kurth.
YSN acknowledges that health care and sustainability are intimately linked. From understanding the negative effects environmental influences can have on health to instances of human health-related activities that can reduce negative ecosystem impacts, the YSN community has the capacity to embrace and enhance sustainability on a local and global scale.
YSN was founded in 1923, becoming the first school within a university to prepare nurses through an academic pathway, not an apprenticeship program as was traditionally the case. The school’s inaugural dean, Annie Warburton Goodrich, emphasized the importance of social justice and community integration to educate nurses to be “scientifically informed, technically expert, and socially experienced.”
Enrollment restrictions, licensure notice, and placement information
The online PMHNP program is currently not being offered to students residing in New York, Tennessee, or foreign countries.
The Yale MSN program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure for all states and Washington, D.C., with the exception of Oregon. No determination has been made yet whether or not the MSN program curriculum meets the educational requirement for initial licensure in Oregon. If you plan to seek licensure in Oregon, please contact the registrar office. Learn more about state-specific academic restrictions and accreditation.
Students participate in clinical practice experiences as an integral component of the PMHNP program. These experiences are designed to provide students with a broad-based foundation in the psychiatric mental health field and allow students the opportunity to advance their skills in a variety of health care settings and services. The program has a lifespan approach which requires that students work with populations across all age groups. Students will participate in over 800 hours of clinical experiences allowing them to gain confidence and develop the expertise needed to practice post-graduation.
Students work in collaboration with faculty to create meaningful experiences with consideration for students’ interests and professional goals. The program carefully vets clinical preceptors and sites to ensure that experiences also meet course and certification requirements.
While every effort is made to match students’ clinical geographic and program needs, clinical site placements are not guaranteed. Many factors influence clinical placement matches. Accessibility to clinical sites varies from state to state and a means of transportation will be required. While we strive to place students as close to their desired location as possible, there are instances where students may be required to travel 60-90 minutes to their clinical experience. Students are regularly updated regarding clinical options.
The master’s degree program in nursing at Yale School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.