I am currently working on prerequisite classes for an accelerated BSN. My initial goal was to eventually work toward FNP or PMHNP and get a skill set that would make me employable outside of the military (not much you can do with a political science degree and I DO NOT want to be a lawyer). I am doing well in all my classes so far (A s and B s), didn't do great on the TEAS but well enough to be competitive. Now I have just found out that my school is going to start a Masters of Social Work program next fall and that also sounds very tempting. I guess what I am asking is what do you see as the pros and cons of me going the BSN - PMHNP route vs. MSW / LCSW. I understand there probably wont be much insight into the MSW on this site but any info about PMHNP would be helpful. I know at the end of the day its up to me but thanks for your input.
Honestly, even if the market for LCSWs in your area is "strong" (which would surprise me, since that market is pretty horrible everywhere else), you're looking at topping out around 50/60k at the absolute most. That's about half of what a PMHNP will make at the top. Also, PMHNPs do therapy and assessment. Sure you'll make more money prescribing, but you are licensed to do therapy as well. as a LCSW, expect to start around 35k. PMHNPs start around 85/90k, sometimes higher if the state is independent.
edit: I just saw that you do live in an independent practice state. I'm going to be even more blunt: PMHNP no question. You can open up your own private practice and do as much therapy as you like, supplementing your income with your prescription pad. You can work in any site that a LCSW can work in, only you can do more, and you will be paid far, far more.
Last edit by myelin on Oct 6, '12