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  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

    Overview

    The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate is designed for individuals who have earned a Master’s degree in nursing and seek nurse practitioner certification, or for certified nurse practitioners who would like to specify their patient population focus.

    A biopsychosocial model is used to examine issues relevant to adult mental health and illness, and prepare students to provide a wide range of mental health services across the lifespan. It includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice. Students learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services in all settings; the program enables graduates to deliver direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect advanced practice services (consultation, case management and supervision) to individuals who are at risk for and/or require mental health services.

    Program Features

    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students
    • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC

    On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident and advanced nurse practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and a clinical practicum rotation.** The on-campus visits include:

    • NURS 592 PMHNP I - Summer Residency (3 days)
    • NURS 593 PMHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 594 PMHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 595 PMHNP IV - Spring Residency (3 days)

    During the mandatory On-Campus Intensive, students will participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.

    For questions, please contact:

    Amanda Pauker
    Academic Advisor
    267-359-5647 
    aep86@drexel.edu


    *The master's programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

    **This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, or Wisconsin.

    ***NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Clinical rotations cannot be completed in the state of New York.

    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    Support Courses 
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
    Concentration Courses 
    NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
    NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
    NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
    NURS 594PMHNP III: Adv Mental Hlth NP Treatment Modalities for Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan5.0
    NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan.5.0
    Total Credits34.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
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    Admissions Criteria

    • Master of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above  
      • Current, unrestricted United States RN license

      Required Documents

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
        • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
      • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
        • Why you are choosing this particular track
        • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
        • Your plans upon completing the degree
      • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
      • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      How to Submit Supporting Documents

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $887 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

      This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

      This program is not currently eligible for Federal Financial Aid, however, we offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

       

      Academic Calendar

      Term 
      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2015     

      September 21, 2015

      December 5, 2015

      December 7, 2015

      December 12, 2015

      Winter 2016 

      January 4, 2016

      March 14, 2016

      March 15, 2016

      March 19, 2016

      Spring 2016 

      March 28, 2016

      June 6, 2016

      June 7, 2016

      June 10, 2016

      Summer 2016 

      June 20, 2016

      August 29, 2016

      August 30, 2016

      September 3, 2016

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