Wilkes University to Offer Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Wilkes University’s School of Nursing will launch an online nurse practitioner program for nurses looking to specialize in the psychiatric mental health field. Classes start in fall 2012.
“Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are an increasingly attractive option for employers experiencing physician shortage,” said Deborah Zbegner, director of the graduate nursing program. “Our School of Nursing is proud to offer this program for nurses looking to grow and excel in the field.”
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who work with children, adolescents and adults to provide primary mental health care. They screen, diagnose and manage mental illness with therapy, rehabilitation and prescriptive drugs.
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners work in hospitals, outpatient offices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. They can also operate private psychiatric practices as allowable by state law.
Wilkes’ 42-credit program is held online with three campus residencies. Students complete clinical hours in a facility of their choosing, pending faculty approval. Successful completion of the program leads to a master’s degree with a major in nursing with psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration. Students will be eligible to sit for national certification exams.
An 18-credit psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program is also available for advanced-practice nurses already holding a master’s degree in nursing.
Additional concentrations in the online master’s program are adult nurse practitioner, nurse executive, nurse education, adult-gerontological clinical nurse specialist and psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist. Wilkes also offers an online doctor of nursing practice degree with tracks for both bachelor’s- and master’s-level nurses.
Wilkes University’s School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School of Nursing was recently recognized with the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Tuition is competitive, and deferred payment is available. Applicants must be registered nurses, hold bachelor’s degrees in nursing and meet School of Nursing admission requirements.
The application deadline for the fall 2012 semester is April 1. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu/nursing or (800) WILKES-U Ext. 4234.