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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Breiseth Hall 570-408-4234 (T) 570-408-7846 (F) • Email

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide primary mental health care to patients. Focused clinical practice prepares the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner to provide comprehensive care in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient offices, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities. Nurse practitioners in the psychiatric/mental health field assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness with therapy, rehabilitation, and prescriptive drugs. Graduates of the program will earn a master’s degree and are eligible to sit for national certification examinations.

Online format
The 42-credit Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.

*Residency Requirement

An on-site residency is required for nurse practitioner students only, who are enrolled in NSG500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. In addition, nurse practitioner 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 clinical 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


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  •  A baccalaureate nursing degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • A completed admission application
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts for all schools attended
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 APRN Certificate Program

A Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate APRN 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 Nurse Practitioner curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study.

Admission Requirements
  • A master’s degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • A completed admission application
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts for all schools attended
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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 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing
  • NSG 505 Health Care Policy and Models of Care
  • NSG 530 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 533 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG 590 Scholarly Review


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum 
(18 Credits)

  • NSG 526 Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NSG 527 Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Clinical Modalities
  • NSG 535 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I
  • NSG 536 Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II
  • NSG 550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners
  • NSG 551 Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations
  • NSG 552 Psychopharmacology

     

 

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