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Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 Empowering communities through mental health care. 

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.




Gap analysis requirement for FPMHNP PMC students

A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission to the PMC option. The completion of required didactic courses and clinical hours for the PMC students can be flexible depending upon waived and/or challenged credit hours and coursework, and as outlined in the student’s individualized program of study. The clinical evaluation process is outlined in this handbook. Each student who is admitted as a candidate for a Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) student in the FPMHNP Concentration will complete a Gap Analysis. The Gap Analysis form can be requested from the nursing department.

Graduate coursework requirements for those with MSN and no Advanced Practice Nurse Certification

Graduate coursework for those with MSN and no advanced practice nursing certification must complete: graduate level courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment as a prerequisite with NURS 541 and NURS 541A FPMHNP I, NURS 542 and NURS 542A FPMHNP II, and NURS 543 and NURS 543A FPMHNP III. FPMHNP PMC students who are not already NPs are required to complete a minimum of 660 supervised clinical hours and pass the Comprehensive Examination. Other coursework that may be required at the master’s level includes Theoretical Foundations and Research Methods, Contemporary Roles and Issues for Advance Practice Nurses as determined by the Gap Analysis, and the FPMHNP Concentration Director.


Rolling Admissions - Apply any time of year

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).

Program Locations

Cedar Bluff - Spring admission (January start)


Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

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


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.