I have a difficult decision I need to make. I have been doing a lot of searching online filtering through various schools. I would love to be a CRNA but cannot afford to take off for the 24 months that it would take to go to school (Solamente, we need my income). I have 3 young children, and have decided that I am also interested in PMHNP, but because I already have an MSN I have to go through a post-master's certificate, and because of the 3 most important people (my children) I need to do it 100% online. That being said, I am finding it more and more difficult to find a post-master's online program that won't cost us an arm and a leg, or our first born.
What I have been seeing is that there are a number of FNP programs that are online with rolling admissions that may get my to where i need to be so that I can get to more PMHNP programs that are offered online but limited to NPs already in practice, which would open up the school pool much wider.
I don't know many PMHNPs who have the same problem that I have (already having an MSN that is not in an APRN). Is there another avenue to consider? Anyone's answers or suggestions are welcome. Thanks everyone!
Nov 7, '17
APRNs who are not PMHNPs also have to complete a post-master's certificate to become a PMHNP. While you can find 100% didactic content online programs, you must still complete your clinical hours in-person. Some programs will find your preceptors, while others will not and then it is up to you to get them.
These programs are not outrageously expensive. Johns Hopkins is about $15K for the PMHNP certificate and it is 100% online and that is for a private school. You should check with your state public schools to see if there are certificate programs that charge in-state tuition. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a good resource and they have a list of graduate programs here:
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Graduate Programs by State - American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Most schools that offer a regular 2 year PMHNP also offer a post-master's certificate.
In addition, there are grants and scholarships
you may be eligible for. APNA also lists some of those on their website. Since psych is suffering from a shortage of providers, many states have loan repayment programs as well.