Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates for advanced specialty practice with a dual emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.  PMHNP's intervene with vulnerable populations and promote mental health across the lifespan. They work with children, adolescents, adults, and older persons in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, public health departments, hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics, health maintenance organizations, government facilities, schools of nursing, and independent private practice.

Coursework – Offered for students in Portland

Courses are supported through a web based course management system called Sakai which allows asynchronous delivery of additional class materials and discussions forums.

What You Will Study and Learn

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at OHSU School of Nursing has earned a national reputation for its emphasis on primary mental healthcare. Students study the interaction among biological and neurophysiological vulnerabilities, psychological and developmental factors, and social and physical environmental stressors.

The program emphasizes mental health nursing interventions, including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.  Supervised clinical experience is available primarily in community-based agencies and programs. 

Students in this program can complete the MN degree in two years and become licensed as a PMHNP. The option for the DNP is to complete the specialty PMHNP MN degree in two years, become licensed and then complete a third year to obtain the DNP. A practice-focused curriculum will support the career trajectory for those pursuing expert clinical practice and leadership as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Student Learning Outcomes For This Program

The general competencies that must be met for the master of nursing for the AGACNP, FNP, HSOL, MNE, NA, NMW, PNP and PMHNP programs are:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge in the science of a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Use emerging information and health technologies to access current research and health care data to improve patient care.
  3. Make sound, culturally appropriate and ethically grounded clinical judgments based on critical analysis of the best available evidence.
  4. Demonstrate the leadership skills that are essential for influencing policy and organizational systems for improving patient outcomes.

At the completion of the OHSU School of Nursing  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program, the graduate will  demonstrate not only the general advanced nursing practice competencies but  also the following PMHNP competencies:

  1. Development of therapeutic relationships as a basis for assessment and provision of  evidence-based interventions to individuals across the life span.
  2. Ability to conduct psychiatric  evaluations and diagnoses of mental  health problems and psychiatric  disorders.
  3. Developments of a comprehensive  diagnostic formulation of family  systems and their  functioning.
  4. Utilizing of evidence-based therapeutic  models in intervening with  individuals across the life span.
  5. Documenting and communicating psychiatric evaluation, intervention and  follow-up data.
  6. Demonstrating professional accountability through collaborative communication and education within and between disciplines.
  7. Implementing ethical strategies in the provision  of mental health care.

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For program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.