University of Southern Indiana

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced clinician who has achieved a Master of Science in Nursing and provides psychiatric/mental health services to individuals across the lifespan.  The role includes diagnosis, provision of therapies, and medication management for individuals with psychiatric/mental health problems. Health promotion, disease prevention and management of mental health symptoms along with family consultation and education are included in the role. The family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practices in various clinical settings including acute care and chronic care hospitals, community agencies, long term care facilities, home care, and outpatient offices. There are a total of 80 credit hours with 1000 clinical hours.


The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduate is prepared to:

  1. Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for patients with mental health problems to promote improved health and enhanced quality of life.
  2. Manage, integrate and coordinate patient care services across the mental health care continuum.
  3. Develop and provide patient and staff educational services to promote positive patient health care outcomes.
  4. Consult and collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary health care team to support delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Incorporate best practice evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies and pharmacotherapy that support evidence for positive patient care outcomes.
  6. Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in a variety of health care settings.
  7. Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Curriculum Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
Graduate Nursing Courses  
NURS 601: Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
NURS 602: Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
NURS 603: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice  3 credit hours
NURS 715: Analytical Methods 4 credit hours
NURS 717: Cultural Diversity 2 credit hours
NURS 721: Systems Leadership 5 credit hours
NURS 724: Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
NURS 725: Resource Utilization 4 credit hours
NURS 727: Informatics 3 credit hours
NURS 732: Wellness Promotion 2 credit hours
NURS 733: Evidence Based Practice Seminar 2 credit hours
NURS 734: Patient Management Clinical Application Seminar  2 credit hours
NURS 735: Applications in Population Health 1 credit hours
NURS 736: Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics 2 credit hours
NURS 737: Health Policy Application in APN 1 credit hours
NURS 738: Quality Initiatives in Nursing 1 credit hours
NURS 741: Application of Assessment with Differential Diagnosis 1 credit hours
NURS 772: Strategies for Patient Teaching 4 credit hours
NURS 855: Synthesis of Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
DNP Project Courses  
NURS 866: DNP Project 1 1 credit hours
NURS 867: DNP Project 2 1 credit hours
NURS 868: DNP Project 3 1 credit hours
NURS 871: DNP Project 4 1 credit hours
NURS 872: DNP Project 5 1 credit hours
NURS 873: DNP Project 6 1 credit hours
Graduate Nursing Clinical Core Courses    
NURS 617: Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology  3 credit hours
NURS 618: Advanced Health Assessment  3 credit hours/45 clinical hours
NURS 622: Clinical Pharmacology  3 credit hours
Specialty Courses  655 clinical hours  
NURS 661 Psychopharmacology 2 credit hours
NURS 762: Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families I                           5 credit hours
NURS 763: Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families II 5 credit hours
NURS 764: Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III  5 credit hours

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