Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) Program

The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) track in our Master's Program has been approved by both Upstate and the New York State Education Department.The Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse practitioner degree program is open to nurses with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. Registered nurses with an associates degree may apply through our RN-to-MS program. A post-masters certificate is available for students who have a masters degree in nursing.

About the Field

A family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is able to provide children and adults with primary mental healthcare, including the diagnosis of mental illness, medication management and family and group therapy, as well as mental health promotion. They provide mental healthcare to families in a number of settings, including clinics, physician offices, shelters and other areas. Graduates will be eligible for national certification. The College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate has been offering clinically-oriented, advanced education for RNs for 30 years.

Application Period
MS Program, Fall 2015
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015

NOTE: There are exceptions to these dates for RNs with a bachelors in another field and for the North Country program. Please see specific application periods for those programs on their respective pages.

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)