Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Breiseth Hall 570-408-4234 (T) 570-408-7846 (F) Email
Learn to assess and diagnose health and psychiatric disorders and provide psychotherapy as you prepare for a career as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for inpatient and emergency psychiatric services, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric home care, and substance abuse treatment. Leadership opportunities can be in staff education and training, program development, and quality improvement. A clinical nurse specialist in the area of psychiatric/mental health may also focus on individual, group or family psychotherapy.
The 38-credit Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.
An on-site residency is required for students enrolled in NSG500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. In addition, students in the following clinical courses may be required to complete an on-site residency based upon the location of the clinical practice site. During residency, direct supervision and evaluation of the student will be completed by nurse practitioner faculty at their designated clinical practice sites. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course Residency.
NSG 535 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing I
NSG 536 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing II
Graduation from an approved baccalaureate program in nursing.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse.
One year of clinical experience prior to clinical practicum.
A GPA from the original program of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
An undergraduate statistics course.
An undergraduate research course.
Evidence of health assessment skills.
A statement of professional goals. These goals should relate to the goals of the graduate program in nursing at Wilkes.
Two letters of recommendation.
A student whose background is judged to be deficient in any area will be evaluated individually and a program plan which will remedy the deficiency will be developed. Courses to remedy such deficiency do not carry graduate credits.
Post-Graduate Certificate Program
A Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist post-graduate certificate program is available for advanced practice nurses who have earned a master’s degree. Students seeking this certification will complete the Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study.
• Master’s or Doctoral degree with a major in nursing from a program approved by either The National League for Nursing (NLN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
• GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Current Registered nurse license.
• Two years of recent professional experience in nursing
• Personal interview
• Completed application for admission to graduate Studies, including academic transcripts
• Two letters of reference from health care professionals attesting to the candidate’s clinical expertise
• Statement of professional goals
Course of Study
Graduate Nursing Core (24 Credits)
NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
NSG 502 Advanced Nursing Research
NSG 504Advanced Role Development in Nursing
NSG 505 Health Care Policy and Models of Care
NSG 530 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
NSG 533Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
NSG 590Scholarly Review
Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Curriculum
NSG 526Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing Practice
NSG 527Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Clinical Modalities
NSG 535Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing I
NSG 536Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing II
NSG 551 Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations