NPs must complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and successfully pass the state's NCLEX-RN exam. Nurses with ADN degrees will need to obtain their BSN first or attend either a BSN to MSN or BSN to DNP program. Nurses should have at least a year of experience before pursuing a PMHNP career.
Psychiatric nurse practitioners must complete an MSN or doctoral degree. There has been a push to require NPs to have DNPs, so starting on that path is worth considering.