The mission of the UCSF Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is:
- To advance and transform psychiatric nursing care through education and research;
- To empower students, clinicians, and our communities to provide public service with a focus on promoting diversity and health equity; and
- To advocate for advanced practice psychiatric nursing leadership at local, national, and global levels.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) provide a full range of primary mental health care services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management. PMHNPs work in a variety of settings, including inpatient, emergency and community-based mental health services. Our students are provided the opportunity to complete clinical placements across the Bay Area, which have included: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, the VA, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Marin County Mental Health Services.
Our program prepares students to respond to the mental health needs of persons across the lifespan. In addition to foundational coursework for all advanced practice roles, PMHNP coursework includes psychiatric assessment and symptom management, psychopharmacology, and therapy modalities.
Certifications and Licenses
Graduates may apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) national certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For information about ANCC PMHNP certification, see the ANCC website for details.
For licensure in the State of California as a nurse practitioner, details are available on the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) website.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
|For Master of Science and Post-Master's Students|
|Is RN experience required?||No. However, one year is preferred.|
|Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty||Mandatory in-person interviews are required.|
|Application deadline||February 3, 2020|
|For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students|
|Does this specialty admit MEPN students?||Yes|
Learn more about:
- Our admissions requirements and process, and how to apply.
- Student scholarships through our Student Funding Office and financial aid through the UCSF Financial Aid Office.
- Campus Life Services, including housing, transportation, family support and more.
View the sample curriculum for this specialty.
There are also opportunities for post-master's study leading to Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification for those who are already graduate-prepared nurses. Preparing for certification will generally require four to six quarters of study depending on the applicant's background. Learn more about our Post-Master's Studies.
Kara Birch, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Rosalind De Lisser, MS, FNP, PMHNP-BC
Annesa Flentje, PhD
Deborah Johnson, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Cherry Leung, PhD, RN
Amanda Ling, MS, PMHNP-BC
Katerina Melino, MS, PMHNP-BC
Andrew Penn, MS, ANP, PMHNP-BC
Beth Phoenix, RN, PhD, FAAN
Matt Tierney, MS, NP, FAAN
Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN
Staff Contact: Michele Keating
Specialty Coordinator: Rosalind De Lisser
Specialty Coordinator: Katerina Melino