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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - 66R

  • Active/Reserve:Active Duty
  • Officer/Enlisted:Officer
  • Restrictions:None


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
  • Requirements

  • 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 (may request a waiver)
  • Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Training

    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

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • No ASVAB
  • Compensation

  • Receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus of $30,000
  • Nurse Loan Repayment Program of up to $120,000 over three years; may be applied toward qualified nursing school loans
  • May receive pay for¬†continuing education, including clinical specialization courses
  • Lowcost life and dental insurance
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually

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