Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P/MHNP) 

Description of Program

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P/MHNP) option is a 46 credit hour program that prepares the baccalaureate nurse to provide care to those with mental health problems and mental disorders. The P/MHNP program focuses on social and psychological development of individuals and families using assessment, diagnostic techniques, pharmacological management, and therapies for a wide spectrum of patients including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The graduate student in the FP/MHNP option will demonstrate the ability to work in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, community mental health facilities- service centers, ambulatory care settings, private group practices, hospital/medical centers and emergency and urgent mental health care areas and colleges of nursing.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be eligible to apply for certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

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Curriculum Schedule

Semester Hours

Graduate Level Statistics 3

Core Courses
Semester Hours
500 Theoretical Foundations 3
504 Health Promotion 3
508 Nursing Research 3
512 Roles & Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
516 Advances in Nursing Leadership 3
Specific Courses
Semester Hours
517 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning across the Lifespan (64 practicum hours) 3 (2/1)
519 Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan 3
529 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics across the Lifespan 3
566 Family Mental Health Psycho-Pharmacology 3
568 Advanced Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions 3
570 Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Diagnosis and Management of Children & Adolescents 3
572 Advanced Psychiatric Nursing - Diagnosis and Management of Adults & Specialty Populations 3
569 FP/MHNP Practicum I (128 practicum hours) 2
571 FP/MHNP Practicum II (128 practicum hours) 2
573 FP/MHNP Practicum III (128 practicum hours) 2
650 FP/MHNP Practicum IV (256 practicum hours) 4
Practicum hours are calculated as 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours
Total Semester hours 46
Total practicum hours 704

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