Advanced Practice Nursing, Psychiatric/ Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Specialty

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan advanced practice nursing specialty prepares you to deliver advanced primary mental health care across the lifespan, in accordance with American Nursing Association's scope and standards of psychiatric and mental health nursing.

School of Nursing Programs Offering the Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Specialty


The Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty is designed for students who want to help patients across the lifespan who are facing psychosocial difficulties, mental health problems and/or addiction.

As a graduate of this track, you'll be prepared to:

  • Assess and diagnose psychiatric and mental health disorders
  • Provide psychotherapy and prescribe medications for diverse populations of people living with mental illness

Key Strengths

Our faculty members are active practitioners who bring the latest practices in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology into the classroom. In addition, they are helping to shape the future of health care through their research and scholarship. The small size of our School of Nursing programs ensures you'll receive personalized attention from all your professors.

Boston is one of the best locations in the world in which to study a health profession. At the MGH Institute, you'll enjoy unparalleled access to clinical placements at the Massachusetts General Hospital Burn Center, Pine Street Inn (serving homeless adults) and other area facilities. And during your downtime, you can explore the city's charming neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, museums and more.

A Path to Board Certification

Program graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification examination. In 2015, 100 percent of our graduates passed this exam.

Career Opportunities

Psychiatric/mental health NPs are in great demand. Our graduates work in settings including hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, residential programs and psychiatric/counseling private practices.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

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