College of Nursing
RN-MSN: Traditional Master of Science in Nursing

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty prepares graduates to provide comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment care in hospitals, outpatient, and community settings. The PMHNP program is a lifespan program, providing education to care of patients with mental health problems from early childhood to old age. The distinctive program focus is integration of mental illness and addictions, including preparation to serve diverse populations who may be disproportionately affected by mental health and substance abuse problems and/or health care disparities, such as barriers to accessing services.

    The PMHNP specialty requires completion of 74-77 course credits and 600 clinical hours. A three-year program of study and a post-master’s study option are available (see below). Students choose between the Scholarly Project (3 credits) and Thesis (6 credits) for their capstone experience.

    RN - Typical Program of Study

    First Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
      NURS 502 - Vulnerability, Culture, and Nursing (4)
    NURS 504 - Concepts and Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURS 520 - Epidemiological Analysis of Populations at Risk (4)
    NURS 514 - Critical Inquiry I (3)
    NURS 521 - Psychosocial Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURS 524 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    NURS 565 - Advanced Pharmacological Applications for Primary Care (2)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project
    or Thesis (1)
      Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 6 Total Credits: 6

    Second Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
    NURS 501 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
    (1 credit=30 contact hours) (4)
    NURS 522 - Advanced Pharmacological Application for
    Primary Care (3)
    NURS 575 - Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis (2)
    NURS 510 - Ethical Considerations and Health Policy in Nursing (4)
    NURS 532 - Neurobiology of Psychiatric Mental Health and Addictions (3)
    NURS 538 - Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1)
    NURS 509 - Advanced Nursing Practice Roles and Functions (3)
    NURS 533 - Motivating Change in Addictive Behavior (3)
    NURS 552 - Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1-2)
    NURS 530 - Advanced Psychiatric Nursing: Counseling of Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
    NURS 534 - Principles of Addiction Treatment (2 credits clinical=
    60 contact hours) (3)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (0-3)
    Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 12 Total Credits: 10-11 Total Credits: 6-9

    Third Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
      NURS 535 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric
    Health Disorders and Addictions I
    (6 credits clinical=180 contact hours) (6)
    NURS 536 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric
    Health Disorders and Addictions II
    (6 credits clinical=180 contact hours) (6)
    NURS 537 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric
    Health Disorders and Addictions III
    (6 credits clinical=180 contact hours) (6)
      Total Credits: 6 Total Credits: 6 Total Credits: 12

    Total Advanced Practice Clinical Hours: 600
    Total program credits:
    76-79
     

    A typical program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability.

    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Post Master's Option

    Credit requirements reviewed on an individual basis.

    First Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
      NURS 520 - Epidemiologic Analysis of Populations
    at Risk (4)
    NURS 532 - Neurobiology of Psychiatric Mental Health and Addictions (3)
    NURS 521 - Psychosocial Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURS 538 - Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4)
    NURS 524 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    NURS 530 - Advanced Psychiatric Nursing: Counseling of Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
      Total Credits: 7 Total Credits: 7 Total Credits: 6

    Second Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
    NURS 501 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion (1 credit lab=30 contact hours) (4)
    NURS 522 - Advanced Pharmacological Application for Primary Care (3)
    NURS 575 - Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis (2)
    NURS 535 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Health Disorders and Addictions I
    (6 credits clinical=180 contact hours) (6)
    NURS 509 - Advanced Nursing Practice Roles and Functions (3)
    NURS 533 - Psychosocial Aspects of the Addictions (3)
    NURS 536 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Health Disorders and Addictions II
    (6 credits clinical=180 contact hours) (6)
    NURS 552 - Psycopharmacology (3)
    NURS 534 - Principles of Addiction Treatment (2 credits clinical 60 contact hours) (3)
    NURS 537 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Health Disorders and Addictions III
    (6 credits clinical 180 contact hours) (6)
    Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 6 Total Credits: 15 Total Credits: 9

    Total Advanced Practice Clinical Hours: 600
    Total program credits:
    42-59
     

    A typical program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability. Rev. 3-11-2013