The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner University Statutory Certificate Program provides students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth theoretical understanding of advanced nursing practice. The program was established in 1965 and graduates are practicing in extremely varied and diverse settings such as community mental health centers, day treatment programs, substance abuse programs, shelters for women and children, liaison settings, and private practice.
Sub-specialization is encouraged and includes work with children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, families, alcohol and substance-abusing clients, genetic counseling, and consultation/liaison practice. Theory and supervised clinical experience form the foundation for work as a primary therapist for individuals, groups, and families. The program draws on the psychodynamic, developmental, biological, and family systems models. Attention is given to issues of ethnicity, culture, and gender.
Graduates are eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in all states in which certification is required. Graduates are also eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the American Nurses Association.
Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Faculty review applications on a rolling basis so that students may apply to begin this program in the summer or fall semester. Please note, applications for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program can only be submitted online.
Students must secure a site and preceptor for primary care student practice that is acceptable to the program director.
The minimum credits for the post master’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is 27 credits and represents the basic post-master’s statutory certificate in this major.
Individual students may need additional course work, depending on previous study and experience. Students may receive advanced standing or exemption, based on standard School policy.
A sample curriculum is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this is a sample curriculum plan, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|N8560||Family Theory in Context||2|
|N8562||Practice of Family Therapy||2|
|N8571||Seminar on Family Therapy and Technique||2|
|N8588||Theory of Group Psychotherapy||2|
|N8590||Theory and Practice of Individual Psychotherapy I||2|
|N8591||Theory and Practice of Individual Psychotherapy II||2|
|N8592||Clinical Practice and Supervision with Groups||2|
|N8594||Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I||4|
|N8595||Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II||4|
|N8792||Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I||2|
|N8793||Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric-Mental Health in Nursing II: Clinical Practicum||1|
The above information is current as of 04/30/2010 and is subject to change.