Samford University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide comprehensive mental health and social care services as well as comprehensive primary care.

In addition to providing care across the life-span, students will learn to evaluate, diagnose, manage, and provide specialized treatment to people with mental health disorders.

Graduates meet the eligibility criteria to sit for both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exams.

Why Samford? 

Nurse practitioner students

  • Earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree online
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Complete clinical hours in a variety of health care sites across the United States, ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics to emergency/urgent care
  • Receive instruction from experienced nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
  • Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham for four required sessions during the program
  • Seamlessly continue into our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program without reapplying


The Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to

  • Obtain family nurse practitioner certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Obtain specialty certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Provide care for patients in primary care as well as assess, diagnose and treat individuals or families with psychiatric disorders
  • Identify risk factors for psychiatric and mental health disorders
  • Increase your marketability as a provider in an ever-changing healthcare climate 

Admission Requirements & Criteria

Admission Deadline

Entry Month: August
Slate Application Deadline: April 1

Admission Criteria

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and regionally accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video submission
  • One undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • One undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or Permanent Residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

Applications are submitted online through Slate.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to:

Ida Moffett School of Nursing Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plan of Study