Psych/Mental Health NP track schedules first cohort for Spring 2020.

The UT Tyler School of Nursing is now building an Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track to be offered as a dual-track FNP-PMHNP beginning Spring 2020.  Thanks to a supplemental funding award from a HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant in 2018, the university is creating this track to offset the desperate need for psychiatric/mental health care in northeast Texas.

Did you know…..

  • 1 in 5 adults suffer with mental illness (NIMH, 2016)
  • Depression is the 3rd leading reason for medical office visit following diabetes and hypertension (HRSA, 2018)
  • 116 people die daily from overdose related to the opiate crisis (HRSA, 2018). There is a significant correlation between mental illness and drug use/abuse and drug overdose related deaths (Velis, E., Borras, S., & Khaja, S. 2018).
  • 24 million individuals with mental illness go untreated (MHA, 2018); Smith County has been designated by HRSA as a non-rural health professional shortage area in mental health and as a medically underserved area (HRSA 2018); medical facilities and providers in Tyler also serve surrounding rural counties.
  • Texas ranked 50th (of the 50 states & Puerto Rico) in mental health care; 51st in access to mental healthcare (Mental Health America, 2018)
  • Patient to mental health provider ratio is 1,010:1 in Texas (Mental Health America, 2018)
  • Texas is ranked 3rd in Nurse Practitioner employment (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)
  • However, only 6% of all Nurse Practitioners are psychiatric trained (HRSA, 2014)
  • Only 801 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in Texas (Texas Board of Nursing, 2018)
  • US News & World Report Rankings: UT Tyler ranked # 5 (tied) in nation in Best Online Nursing Program; #1 most affordable online graduate program in Texas; Nurse Practitioner ranked #3 Best Healthcare Job

Choose from the Family Nurse Practitioner track or do both the FNP and the PMHNP tracks concurrently and become dual-certified after graduation!

If you are already a certified NP, come back for a post-master’s certificate in Psych/Mental Health.  You CAN make a difference!

Contact us:

Dr. Carol Rizer, DNP, APRN, CRNA-ret.
HRSA ANEW InTune grant Project Director

Melinda Morris, Senior Grant Coordinator
HRSA ANEW InTune grant


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