Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, DNP

Nurse helping a patient.

PMHNP -The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares the student to provide behavioral health care across the lifespan. Our innovative program ensures that you have a strong foundation in evidence-based practice while providing you with the skills to diagnose and treat both behavioral health and substance use disorders. PMHNP students learn to skillfully prescribe psychotropic medication and provide psychotherapy for patients with behavioral health diagnoses. You will engage in an interprofessional learning environment that enables you learn about telemedicine, primary care, substance use disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders. Upon completion, our graduates are eligible to sit for certification for the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Our board certification scores consistently exceed national benchmarks and our graduates are highly regarded for employment opportunities in inpatient and outpatient care settings, specialty settings and the school environment. View the 3 Year Plan of Study and the 4 Year Plan of Study.

View the plans of study for our current students.

Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr. Angie Powers


Angie Powers, DNP, CNP, PMHNP-BC PMH
Lead Faculty
Telephone: 843-792-2518

My name is Dr. Angie Powers and I am currently the lead PMHNP faculty. I have been involved in the development and growth of the PMHNP program and the PMHNP Certificate program at MUSC. I began my healthcare career in the Army in 1993 as a Combat Medic and Licensed Practice Nurse graduating from The Army’s Nursing Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New England, ME, Master of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University, Boston. Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), completed a PMHNP residency at the VA Boston Healthcare System and completed a post graduate Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Northeastern University, Boston 2020. I actively serve in the Army Reserve as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in a Combat Stress Detachment and have multiple deployments that include Operational Iraqi Freedom, Humanitarian deployment to El Salvador in support of Task Force New Hope and an Urban Augmentation Task Force supporting hospitals treating Covid patients during the height of the pandemic. I am a Jonas Scholar, a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Army Nurse Corps.

My current practice is in MUSC Tele-Mental Health through a Duke Endowment Grant -PARTNER (Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse TechNology Enhanced Residency) program.  I am the PMHNP clinical project director of the Tele-Mental health residency program through this grant and the co-director of the MUSC collaboration with the Ralph V. Johnson VAMC PMHNP residency program. I specialize in military and first responder mental health. I love being a nurse educator and teaching PMHNP students is truly an honor.