Objectives

The educational objectives of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Track of the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program are to prepare certified registered psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who:

  1. Utilize expert communication and leadership skills with interdisciplinary teams to ensure quality of care of patients experiencing mental illness;
  2. Employ clinical reasoning at the highest level of nursing practice to aid in the differential diagnosis of both medical and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, in collaboration with other health care professionals;
  3. Utilize pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and complementary interventions using an evidence-based practice approach in the provision of treatment to individuals across the life span experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders;
  4. Engage proactively in the development and implementation of health policy in relation to mental health;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of standards and principles for selecting and evaluating information systems and patient care technology;
  6. Function as team leaders to facilitate collaborative, interprofessional teamwork to ensure safe, patient-centered care;
  7. Use evidence-based practice health promotion findings, related to clinical prevention and population health, to improve the health status of the U.S. population; and
  8. Demonstrate culturally competent care in the provision of treatment to individuals experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the life span.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the PMHNP Track includes a total of 86 credits and 1,256 clinical hours. The program can be completed either full-time (three years, eight semesters) accelerated part-time (four years, 12 semesters) or part-time (six years, 18 semesters) as follows. The program begins once a year in the fall semester.

Accelerated Part-Time Option
Year 1

Fall (9 credits)
NURS8050             Statistics for Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
NURS8010             Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS8020             Research and Theory (3 credits)

Spring (7 credits, 60 clinical hours)
NURS8110             Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS8130             Advanced Physical Assessment/Diagnosis (4 credits, 60 clinical hours)

Summer (8 credits, 56 clinical hours)
NURS8120            Health Promotion/Clinical Prevention (3 credits)
NURS9010           Principles of Biological Psychiatry (2 credits)
NURS9120            Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents (2 credits)
NURS9125            Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents Practicum (1 credit, 56 clinical hours)

Year 2

Fall (11 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9110             Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
NURS9210             Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
NURS9215             Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan- Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
HSIC8010               Clinical Teams and Teamwork I (2 credits)

Spring (8 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9310             Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I (3 credits)
NURS9315             Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I- Practicum (3 credits,168 clinical hours)
NURS8030            Principles of Epidemiology (2 credits)

Summer (7 credits, 112 hours)
NURS9330             Individual Therapy (2 credits)
NURS9335             Individual Therapy Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS8150             Integrating Research and Practice (3 credits)

Year 3

Fall (8 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9320             Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II (3 credits)
NURS9325             Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II- Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8230             Clinical Genetics (2 credits)

Spring (7 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS9510            Family Therapy (2 credits)
NURS9515            Family Therapy Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS8140            Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Nursing Roles (3 credits)

Summer (7 credits)
HSIC8020               Health Policy (2 credits)
HSIC8030               Health Care Economics (2 credits)
NURS9130             Evidence-Based Practice and Information Systems (3 credits) 

Year 4

Fall (6 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS9410             Psychiatric Considerations in the Geriatric Population (2 credits)
NURS9415             Psychiatric Considerations in the Geriatric Population Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)
HSIC8210               Health Law and Ethics (2 credits)

Spring (8 credits, 300 clinical hours)
NURS9610             Practice Management Issues/Role Integration (3 credits)
NURS9620             Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care Settings (5 credits, 300 clinical hours)

Part-Time Option
The Part-time option is individualized to meet student needs and is adapted from the Accelerated Part-time option.

Full-Time Option
Selected individuals may be eligible for full time status after they have demonstrated proficiency in year 1, which may allow students to complete the program in less than 4 years.

Concentrations