Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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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:

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

Program Curriculum - 80 Credit Hours

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Graduate Nursing Courses
  • NURS 601 - Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
  • 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 hour)
  • NURS 736 - Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics (2 credit hours)
  • NURS 737 - Health Policy Application in APN (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 738 - Quality Initiatives in Nursing (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 741 - Application of Assessment with Differential Diagnosis (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 772 - Strategies for Patient Teaching (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 855 - Synthesis of Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
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DNP Project Courses
  • NURS 866 - DNP Proposal 1 (1 credit hours)
  • NURS 874 - DNP Project 1 (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 875 - DNP Project 2 (2 credit hours)
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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)
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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)

Sample Plans of Study

Sample Plan for Fall 2019 Start

Sample Plan for Fall 2020 Start


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Dr. Constance Swenty
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