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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner




The psychiatric nurse practitioner works in the following clinical areas: inpatient psychiatric units, alcohol/drug rehabilitation programs, day treatment programs, mental health clinics and combat stress units.

Job Duties

  • Patient counseling

  • Crisis intervention

  • Milieu and group therapy

  • Critical incident debriefings


Active Duty

  • Master's degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education

  • Board certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges

  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (waivers available)

  • Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license

  • U.S. citizenship


Job training for a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes completing an Basic Officer Leaders Course, which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills:

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions

  • Perform under stress

  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills

  • Tremendous concentration


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:

Active Benefits:​​

  • Health Professional Signing Bonus of up to $30,000

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year (prorated monthly)

  • Health Professional Student Loan Repayment of $20,000 per year up to a maximum of $60,000

  • May receive pay for continuing education, including clinical specialization courses

  • Low cost life and dental insurance

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually

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