Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) concentration prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in mental health promotion and culturally competent clinical management of common conditions across the life span. The concentration can be completed in seventeen (17) months of full-time study and twenty-eight (28) months of part-time study. Both full time and part time options requires 44 credit hours of graduate course work including a minimum of 660 clinical hours.

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Program Admission

See the MSN Student Handbook for details regarding additional requirements for admitted students such as health status forms, proof of insurance, current immunizations, CPR certification, drug screens, and background checks.

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
  • An overall academic record with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of "B" (3.0) or better.
  • All applicants must have a basic understanding of statistic and basic computer skills.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required, but is recommended.
  • Minimum of three recommendations from healthcare professionals who can rate the applicant’s potential. At least two must be from nursing professionals; one may be a professional in a related healthcare field.
  • A three-page letter to the Admissions Committee describing professional goals.
  • An unencumbered compact license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Tennessee is required for enrollment; clinical practicum may necessitate licensure in neighboring states.
  • Medical profile (including immunizations record), urine drug screen and criminal background check must be completed no more than 60 days prior to enrollment in the MSN program.
  • Proof of health insurance at all times when enrolled in the program. 

Program Statistics

Information about pass rates, employment rates and completion rate can be found here.

FPMHNP Program Statistics (PDF)

Program Accreditation

At LMU, the FPMHNP concentration has been designed to meet standards for advanced practice education as mandated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.  The ASN program offered in Kentucky is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Furthermore, the ASN, BSN, MSN, and DNP programs in Tennessee are accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) which includes the off-campus instructional site in Corbin, Kentucky.

ACEN is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. ACEN, may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call 404-975-5000 or visit


Students who successfully complete the graduate nursing program will receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree. FPMHNP students will meet the eligibility criteria for the American Nurses Credentialing Center FPMHNP certification examination.

Program Locations

Cedar Bluff - Spring admission (January start)

Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

Applications are being accepted for Spring 2020.

For more information regarding the FPMHNP concentration, please call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 6283 or (423) 869-6283