Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) doctor of Nursing Practice postbaccalaureate program prepares registered nurses to practice in health care settings that promote mental health for individuals, families and groups across the lifespan.

Advanced psychiatric mental health nursing involves treatment of mental illness and the prevention of mental and emotional problems arising from the interaction among biological and neurophysiological vulnerabilities; psychological and developmental factors; and environmental stressors.

The PMHNP curriculum prepares students to assess, diagnose and manage acute and persistent mental health problems as independently licensed professionals. The student is prepared to use a variety of health interventions including both psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic interventions. Additionally, the mental health systems that impact mental health care are analyzed.  Students gain a solid foundation in clinical practice addressing the health care needs of individuals, groups and families across the lifespan. All students participate in both adult and child/adolescent focused clinical experience that is interdisciplinary, collaborative and culturally appropriate.  In addition to psychiatric mental health coursework, the student takes foundational nurse practitioner coursework which includes advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

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