Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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 44 credit hours in the specialty with 655 clinical hours. A graduate of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty 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 - 44 Credit Hours

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Core Courses (18 credit hours)
  • NURS 601 - Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 602 - Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Nursing (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 603 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 604 - Population Based Care and Health Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 605 - Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 606 - Nursing Leadership in Health Systems (4 credit hours)
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Clinical Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • NURS 617 - Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 618 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • BURS 622 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (17 credit hours)
  • NURS 661 - Psychopharmacology (2 credit hours)
  • NURS 662 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families I (5 credit hours)
  • NURS 663 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families II (5 credit hours)
  • NURS 664 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families III (5 credit hours) 

Contact

Dr. Melissa Hall
Program Chair

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