The 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 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 655 clinical hours.
A graduate of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is prepared to:
|Curriculum Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner|
|Clinical Core Courses|
|N617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology||3 credit hours|
|N618 Advanced Health Assessment||3 credit hours|
|N622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 credit hours|
|Total Clinical Hours||9 credit hours|
|Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses|
|N661 Psychopharmacology||2 credit hours|
|N662 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families I||5 credit hours|
|N663 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families II||5 credit hours|
|N664 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families III||5 credit hours|
|Total Specialty Hours||17 credit hours|
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