May 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan), M.S.

The M.S. in Nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master’s students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation and extends their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master’s students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client/patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares an advanced practice nurse with skills in therapeutic interventions and introduces medication management with individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Graduates who complete this program are eligible to sit for national certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (across the lifespan).

Program Requirements

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is 4-6 semesters in length taking 9-16 credits per semester or 6-8 semesters for students taking 6-9 credits per semester. A total of 53 credits is required for completion of the PMHNP program.

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The PMHNP program has a total of 600 clinical hours: 150 hours in clinical semester one, 75 hours between clinical semester one and two, 200 hours in clinical semester two, and 175 hours in clinical semester three.