The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses in the assessment and care of the mentally ill over the life span. The program is sensitive and responsive to the complex and diverse needs of a growing population of mentally ill children, adolescents, adults and elderly in acute, chronic and community settings. Emphasis is placed on the comprehensive assessment of patients and families and the provision of treatment including crisis intervention, medication management, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and referral.
The PMH program first established in 1965 transitioned to an NP program in 1994. Today, graduates of the program are practicing in extremely varied and diverse settings such as acute care settings, community mental health centers, day treatment programs, substance abuse programs, shelters for women and children, liaison settings, and private practice.
While being exposed to lifespan theoretical content, students are encouraged to select clinical specialization with children, adolescents, adults, or elderly patients and families. Theory and supervised clinical experience form the foundation for practice with individuals, groups, and families suffering from psychiatric illness. The program draws on psychodynamic, developmental, neurobiological, and family systems theoretical models. Attention is given to issues of ethnicity, gender, race, and culture.
Graduates are eligible to take the certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and are eligible for licensure in New York State as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
The Program Director for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is is Penelope Buschman, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN.
Faculty for this program include:
Dr. Joan Kearney
Dr. Mellen Lovrin
Professor Karen Fleming-Sherman
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond and are arranged with students according to their learning needs.
Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.
*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).
For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, 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||Type|
|Summer I: 12 Credits|
|N6680||Introduction to Addictive Behaviors: Theories of Causation||3||Specialty|
|N6826||Evaluation and Application of Research||3||Core|
|N8786||Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|Fall I: 12 Credits|
|N6511||Behavioral Development Across the Life Span: A Risk/Vulnerability Perspective||3||Specialty|
|N6920||Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research||3||Core|
|N8792||Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I||2||Specialty|
|N8793||Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric-Mental Health in Nursing II: Clinical Practicum||1||Specialty|
|Spring I: 9 Credits|
|N6121||Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan||3||Core|
|N8560||Family Theory in Context||2||Specialty|
|N8590||Theory and Practice of Individual Psychotherapy I||2||Specialty|
|Summer II: 5 - 11 Credits|
|N6681||Contemporary Issues and Trends in Addiction||1||Optional Specialty|
|N6682||Clinical Management of the Patient with Addiction: Evaluation and Treatment||1||Optional Specialty|
|N6940||Management and Advanced Practice Nursing||1||Core|
|N8571||Seminar on Family Therapy and Technique||2||Specialty|
|N8591||Theory and Practice of Individual Psychotherapy II||2||Specialty|
|Fall II: 6 Credits|
|N8562||Practice of Family Therapy||2||Specialty|
|N8588||Theory of Group Psychotherapy||2||Specialty|
|N8592||Clinical Practice and Supervision with Groups||2||Specialty|
|Spring II: 7 Credits|
|N8290||Incorporating Genetics into Advanced Nursing Practice||3||Core|
|N8594||Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I||4||Specialty|
|Summer III: 5 Credits|
|N8113||Psychopharmacology in Psychiatric and Mental Health||1||Specialty|
|N8595||Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II||4||Specialty|
|Total Credits||56 - 59|
This page was last updated on 03/29/2012 and is subject to change at any time.