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The Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) graduate track prepares advanced practice nurses to meet the needs of clients, communities, agencies, and educational systems as psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialists (CNS) or nurse practitioners (NP). Students complete a minimum of 500 hours of clinical nursing and are prepared in three areas of therapeutic modalities (individual, family, and group). Upon completion of the program, students take a national certifying exam preparing them for independent practice in psychiatric and mental health nursing. The course of study is 57-59 credit hours for the CNS and NP track. Both tracks and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Outcome objectives for the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing track build upon the graduate nursing program objectives by expecting that the student will:
- Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced psychiatric mental health (APMH) nursing practice.
- Demonstrate advanced practice skills in the provision of mental health care for adults consistent with ANA’s Scope and Standards of Practice for the advance practice psychiatric mental health nurse (APMHN).
- Assume the roles and behaviors of an APMHN primary care provider using research, leadership/management, and teaching strategies.
- Demonstrate unique roles of an APMHN while collaborating within an interdisciplinary team.
- Apply ethical reasoning skills and legal standards to APMHN practice.
- Contribute to the development of psychiatric mental health policy, nursing practice, and the profession
The transition from an Adult to a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner focus has begun in courses. The graduating class of 2013 and subsequent years will be qualified to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.