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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

Curriculum

This program is comprised of 24-34 credits and can generally be completed in 1.5 to 2 years of part-time study.  View the recommended plan of study.

Transfer Credits: Coursework completed more than five years ago will not be accepted for the following courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment.  Additionally, nurse practitioners practicing in the state of Pennsylvania, who do not have prescriptive authority, will need to take both the Advanced Pharmacology course and the Track Specific Advanced Pharmacology courses. 



Support Courses (14 credits)
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.00 credits
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.00 credits
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.00 credits
NURS 555Psychopharmacology3.00 credits
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.00 credits


Clinical Courses (20 credits)
NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I 5.00 credits
NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.00 credits
NURS 594PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Treatment Modalities for Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan 5.00 credits
NURS 595PMHNP IV: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan 5.00 credits

Course Descriptions

NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology - 3.00 credits

Building on a foundation of normal physiology, students are exposed to the major disturbances of normal function and the basic mechanisms involved in disease of the major organ systems. The course includes discussion of the general aspects of the common human pathophysiological conditions and syndromes.

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NURS 549 Advanced Pharmacology - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to build on prior pharmacologic study of actions and effects of drugs on the human system across the life span. Students will study pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, considerations related to age and physiologic state, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drop interactions.

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NURS 550 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan - 4.00 credits

This Course is designed to introduce the experienced clinical nurse to diagnostic reasoning, advanced clinical history takin, and physical assessment for individuals/families across the life span. Course content focuses on the concepts, theory and pracitce related to obtaining comprehensive health histories for patients of all ages and states of health.

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NURS 555 Psychopharmacology - 3.00 credits

This course presents current scientific knowledge of psychopharmacology and its application to clinical problems commonly seen in a variety of settings. The course addresses advanced concepts in neuroscience, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics and the clinical management of target psychiatric symptoms related to psychopharmacologic treatment of various psychiatric disorders.

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NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners - 1.00 credits

This required course is the application and integration of the role and competencies of the nurse practitioner. The roles of the nurse practitioner as clinician, educator, researcher, expert, and leader are presented and explored. Interpretation and application of professional issues, practice issues, legislative issues, certification issues, insurance issues, legal issues and ethical conflict resolution in advanced nursing practice are explored and integrated into a model of interdisciplinary collaborative practice.

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NURS 592 PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I - 5.00 credits

This course introduces conceptual models and theories related to the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing. Models of personality development and individual functioning provide a theoretical basis for understanding the development of psychopathology and the selection of appropriate therapeutic strategies.

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NURS 593 PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II - 5.00 credits

NURS 593 is a continuation of NURS 592 focusing on the role of advanced psychiatric mental health nurse in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients with selected mental disorders from a diverse population, using concepts from various sciences. Students integrate theory and practice of PMHNP in a supervised clinical practicum.

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NURS 594 PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Treatment Modalities for Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan - 5.00 credits

This course examines treatment modalities for advanced practice psychiatric nursing. The course focuses on theoretical and conceptual foundations for specialty practice with individuals, families and groups; with the emphasis of psychotherapy approaches and considerations. Students integrate theory and practice of PMHNP in a supervised clinical practicum.

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NURS 595 PMHNP IV: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan - 5.00 credits

This course expands on previous courses focusing on assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic mental disorders of special populations across the lifespan. It examines the PMHNP role in various models of community mental health and consultation-liaison. Students integrate theory and practice of PMHNP in a supervised clinical practicum.

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