Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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Caring for the whole person to make a positive impact on mental health.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) are one of the most in-demand nursing specialties today. PMHNPs learn the advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, clinical management, and prescribing psychiatric medications to patients. Psychiatric nursing coursework includes psychiatric assessment and symptom management; psychopharmacology; individual, group, and family therapy; and ethics.
- 81 credits
- Three years full-time
- Five years part-time
- Hybrid format (meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month)
- 1000 clinical hours
Post-graduate certificate option
for NPs already certified in another specialty:
- 18 credits
- Online format
- 500 clinical hours
Graduate DNP-PMHNP students are competent, compassionate caregivers who will:
- Provide primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services.
- Assess, diagnose, and manage mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
- Apply ethical perspectives to decision-making.
- Advocate health care access for both children and adults.
- Use technology to support the practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and trends related to health care and socio-economic policies.