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- What can I do with a Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing?
- Is full-time and part-time study available?
- How do I find a clinical site?
- Who can precept me in the clinical area?
- When are applications being accepted?
Q. How are courses offered and can I take courses online?
A. The program is completely online, with the exception of up to one week in Advanced Health Assessment when students will gather at the UND campus. The student will participate in synchronous and asynchronous coursework using Blackboard, WIMBA and Adobe Connect. Clinical experiences are part of the program but can be arranged in the student's local area.
Q. What is the purpose of the program?
A. The program prepares advanced practice nurses to work in clinics, hospitals, and the community with families that have mental health issues. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to write national certification examinations for nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN).
Q. What can I do with a Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing?
A. Depending on the state in which you want to practice, you can do therapy and medication management in an independent practice or with the supervision of a collaborating psychiatrist.
Q. Is full-time or part-time study available?
A. You can do either full-time or part-time study for both the master's degree and post-master's certificate PMH-NP and PMH-CNS options.
Q. How do I find a clinical site?
A. Students usually suggest a clinical site in or near their own community. Faculty will then work with the suggested clinical site and preceptor to arrange clinical experiences. Some students have used several sites to gain a variety of experiences such as medication management, diverse therapy approaches, or group opportunities. Although more than one location may comprise practicum, only one preceptor is identified for the semester.
Q. Who can precept me in the clinical area?
A. Preceptors must be certified advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nurses. Other mental health providers such as licensed social workers at the master's level, psychologists, licensed addiction counselors, or psychiatrists may supervise clinical experiences as well. Preceptors are chosen in conjunction with the psychiatric and mental health nursing specialization director at the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. A contract also must be secured with the preceptor's agency prior to beginning the advanced clinical practicum.
Q. When are applications being accepted?
A. The application deadline is January 15 of each year. Once the application is complete, the CON graduate office will contact you to set up an interview with faculty. You are notified by mail of acceptance to the program and you are assigned a temporary advisor. Students are admitted once per year in the fall.