Husson University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

The College of Health and Pharmacy School of Nursing at Husson University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master’s Certificates with two specializations: Family and Community Nurse Practitioner (FCNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Most coursework is completed online with two 1-week summer campus immersions at the Bangor, Maine campus, and clinical experiences taking place at approved facilities local to the student.

Husson University faculty are experts in their field, continuing to practice their profession while teaching clinical courses. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) track prepares graduates to serve populations across the lifespan. Duties may include assessing, diagnosing and treating chronic and acute illnesses, prescribing medications, recommending further services, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, and educating the community in health care habits and preventive medicine. Graduates are eligible to take the FNP certification exams through the ANCC or the AANP. Family nurse practitioners may work in hospitals, primary care clinics, emergency centers, hospices, government institutions, long-term health care facilities, urgent care facilities, research organizations, and home health care situations.

The PMHNP track prepares graduates to provide cost-effective mental health care to patients across the lifespan, especially those in underserved populations. The nature of the program blends psychosocial and neurobiological sciences into what is termed a biopsychosocial approach. This approach prepares psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to meet the needs of the person as a whole rather than addressing just one facet of a person. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner ANCC Certification Examination. PMHNPs may work in psychiatric hospitals and clinics, counseling centers, rehabilitation centers, in-patient treatment programs, schools, long-term healthcare facilities, and government facilities.

Husson University is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). The graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Husson University is located in Bangor, Maine.

What to Expect from Husson University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the School of Nursing at Husson University must hold a current, unencumbered RN license. A minimum of two years of clinical nursing experience is required. More work experience is highly recommended. Application materials include an application, application fee, official transcripts, proof of RN licensure, a resume or CV, and three letters of recommendation. Students will also have a personal interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

Other requirements include a background check and proper immunizations. Applicants to the MSN program must hold a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution or program with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants to the certificate program must hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) from an accredited institution or program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students must have completed undergraduate statistics and health assessment courses. No GRE or GMAT is required.

State Restrictions: Husson University accepts students from most states and is an NC-SARA participant. However, students from the following states may not be able to study through this program: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. Students in all states outside of Maine should contact the College of Health and Pharmacy School of Nursing at Husson University to verify enrollment eligibility. In addition, prospective students should contact their state licensing board to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: The MSN program can be completed in approximately two to 2.5 years including summers. The Post-Master’s Certificate program may be completed in as little as 18 months depending on the number of credits transferred in. Start dates land in the Fall and last 15 weeks each. During the summers, students come to campus for a 1-week immersion. The program culminates with a Graduate Nursing Capstone course.

MSN Core Curriculum: Core courses for the MSN program include Theories and Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Pathophysiology; Socio-Cultural Perception of Addiction and Population Health; Advanced Pharmacology Therapeutics; Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process; Advanced Evidence-Based Practice; Healthcare Informatics and Technology; Advanced Health Assessment; Public Health Policy Issues and Challenges; and Graduate Nursing Capstone.

  • FNP Specialty Curriculum: The FNP specialization comprises 48 credits and requires completion of 600 clinical practicum hours. Courses for this track include Family Health I: Adult-Gerontology Health; Family Health II: Family-Centered Care of Women, Infants, and Children; and Family Health III: Integrating Primary Care.
  • PMHNP Specialty Curriculum: The PMHNP specialization comprises 51 credits and requires completion of 600 clinical hours in three clinical practicums: Family Psychiatric Nursing I: Advanced Mental Health Assessment Across the Lifespan; Family Psychiatric Nursing II; and Family Psychiatric Nursing III: Psychiatric Nursing with Groups.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s Certificate program consists of up to 48 credits for the FNP track and 51 credits for the PMHNP track, depending on the number of transferrable credits from the earned MSN degree. Typically students complete 30 credits for the FNP track, and 33 credits for the PMHNP track. Courses follow the required courses for the MSN program. An analysis is completed upon acceptance to determine the total number of courses and credits needed to earn the certificate.

Online Experience: Husson University utilizes Canvas to deliver online courses. Typically courses meet synchronously for one to three hours, once a month through web-conferencing. The rest of the coursework is delivered asynchronously and may include recorded lectures, discussion boards, assignments, and assessments. Virtual group projects may also be included. Students should have a current computer with a webcam, a 32 bit sound card, WinZip 6 compression software, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat reader, high-speed internet access, and Internet Explorer.

Online students have access to academic advising, faculty office hours, an online library, an online bookstore, admissions counseling, career counseling, and round-the-clock technical support. Tutoring is available through the Husson University Learning Center.

On-Site Requirements: Online graduate APRN nursing students are required to come to the Bangor, Maine campus for two, 1-week summer immersions. All other coursework is online, with clinicals completed at locations near the student.

Paying for Husson University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

The online graduate nursing programs cost $618 per credit plus fees. Travel expenses for the campus immersions are not included in tuition and fees. Prospective students should contact the College of Health and Pharmacy School of Nursing at Husson University for current tuition costs and fees.

Husson University graduate students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans through the FAFSA. In addition, some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs or tuition discounts to students. Finally, online nursing students are encouraged to seek outside funding for their degrees such as community or organizational scholarships and grants.

Husson University

APRN Programs

MSN – Family and Community Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan)
Post-Master's Certificate – Family and Community NP
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan)

Campus Address

1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401

Husson University – MSN – Family and Community Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$29,664.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$29,664.00

Husson University – MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

50

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,900.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,900.00

Husson University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family and Community NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

30

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

30

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$18,540.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$18,540.00

Husson University – Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

32

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

32

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$19,776.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$618.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,776.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.