Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The master of science in nursing in the field of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program offers registered nurses the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to provide care to individuals, families, and groups with psychiatric/mental health needs. The lifespan curriculum is a synthesis of knowledge derived from nursing science, neuroscience, behavioral change theories, motivational theories, learning theories, and other psychotherapeutic frameworks to provide a holistic perspective from which to assess, diagnose, treat, manage, and evaluate acute and chronic mental illnesses. The program covers neuropsychopharmacology, interprofessisonal collaborative practice, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, health policy, family systems theory, psychotherapy, group therapy, care of vulnerable populations, promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and other mental illnesses across the lifespan. 

Upon completion of our program students are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan).

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 50 credits, including 9 credits in professional core courses, 6 credits in research, 35 credits in field-specific courses, and completion of 600 clinical hours.

Professional Core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NURS 6242Psychopharmacology
NURS 6243Addiction and Change
NURS 6244Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with Families and Groups Across the Lifespan
NURS 6245Psychiatric/Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment Across the Lifespan
NURS 6246Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals Across the Lifespan
NURS 6247Population-Based Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan
NURS 6248Integrated Application of Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing