Walden University

School of Health and Human Services

MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health NP


100 Washington Avenue South Ste. 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health NP

Format: Online

Program Description:

Whether you want to work one on one with patients or influence care on a larger scale, our CCNE-accredited MSN program can help you drive your goals forward. A master’s in nursing degree allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training. Walden’s MSN program offers multiple specializations, including an optional competency-based learning experience for the Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nurse Informatics specializations (BSN-MSN track only).

Entry Paths:

BSN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

RN-MSN: For registered nurses entering the program with a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree other than a BSN.

RN-BSN-Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM): For registered nurses who want the opportunity to earn credits toward an MSN while completing a BSN.


  • Nursing Education – Learn to provide quality educational experiences that equip nurses to meet the demands of a diverse, ever-changing healthcare environment.
  • Nurse Executive – Gain essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.
  • Nursing Informatics – Enhance patient care by learning to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs.
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses and treatment plans for the primary care of adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner –Focus on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults in settings including emergency rooms and surgical and medical intensive care units.
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy for, and prescribe medication for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
  • Public Health Nursing – Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk groups; and developing culturally sensitive, acceptable, and realistic population-based nursing interventions.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.


*Almost 90% of Walden Master of Science in Nursing alumni responding to our survey stated that their Walden degree enhanced their professional performance.

*Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

*No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other certification websites.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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