Students in nurse practitioner certification concentrations are required to have completed advanced health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics and pathophysiology courses.
The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner concentration prepares graduates for roles as nurse practitioners in psychiatric-mental health nursing. This concentration focuses on psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic management and treatment of common mental health problems and psychiatric disorders seen across the lifespan. Graduates use evidence-based guidelines to assess and intervene in response to the psychiatric, psychosocial and psychoeducational needs of individuals, families and groups. Students who successfully complete the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program are eligible to apply for the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners are prepared to diagnose and treat individuals with psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders, as well as address the mental health problems that often go along with medical illness.
Below is a sample curriculum.
|NURS 622 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum I||4|
|NURS 623 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II||5|
|NURS 624 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III||3|
|NURS 654 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Special Populations: Case Studies||1|
|NURS 656 Diagnosis and Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan||4|
|NURS 657 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Theory and Practice Across the Lifespan||4|