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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master's Certificate)

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Certificate

Overview

Advanced Certificate Program

An advanced certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will prepare students to assess, diagnose and manage acute and chronic mental health conditions across all ages as they provide care to individuals, families and groups.

D’Youville College’s program is designed for students who have already earned a master’s degree in nursing and are prepared to take a leadership role as a member of the mental health care team with prescriptive privileges to provide a holistic, patient-centered approach to patients facing mental health problems.

Students will benefit from a simple scheduling structure with all classes held on Thursdays and/or Fridays, and will be able to complete the program in 12 to 24 months.

As a graduate of the program, students will be prepared to take the exam for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to further demonstrate your expertise in the mental health field.

If you’re interested in advancing your career by obtaining an advanced certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, D’Youville College’s nursing program is an ideal place to learn. Established in 1942, the School of Nursing has earned a reputation as a leading resource in the region for high-quality, student-centered education.

Technical, professional, and behavioral standards for all Nurse Practitioner students are covered in detail in the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook. All standards apply to MS and Post-graduate APRN students.

Courses

Course Requirements

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Degree: PMC

Course Requirements for the Major:

Clinical Component:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 611

APN Role Transit Policy Sem

This course prepares advanced practice nursing students with the theoretical knowledge required to be successful members of contemporary health care delivery systems. Students will gain a broad perspective of how local,state and federal policies along with regulatory statutes impact their ability to provide patient care. Students will become familiar with legal and ethical aspects of advanced practice delivery,licensure,certification,liability and malpractice,health care funding models and legislative mandates that influence practice.

Prequisites: None

2
NUR 631

Advanced Health Assessment

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631L

3
NUR 631L

Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631

1
NUR 706

Co-MGT for Medical Disorders for APN's

This course was developed for advanced practice nursing students preparing to work families, some of whom may be experiencing mental health crises. The course provides the theoretical background necessary to make sound treatment decisions when patients have comorbid acute or chronic health problems. Advanced practice nurses must be prepared to provide access to comprehensive care across the lifespan for persons with co-existing mental and medical illness. Health promotion strategies and evidence-based clinical guidelines will be stressed in order to improve outcomes for persons with dual diagnoses. The role of culture and the influence of socioeconomic status are explored in relation to patients' achieving optimum health outcomes.

Prequisites: Nur-632, NUR-633, NUR-631, NUR-631L

1
NUR 707

Foundations of PMH for APRNs I

This is the first of two courses in the curriculum designed to prepare the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student for practice. This course provides the foundation required in order to assess and intervene therapeutically for individuals experiencing mental health problems or disorders across the lifespan. Issues related to treatment, including interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches are examined within the context of the present day mental healthcare climate and common environmental stressors. Theoretical and conceptual explanations of most DSM 5 disorders are presented while the importance of balancing the therapeutic relationship with evidence based practice is emphasized. The increased prevalence of comorbid conditions and its implications for treatment are examined and considered as rationale for embracing an integrated model of primary care and behavioral health care.

Prequisites: NUR-631, NUR-631L,NUR-632,NUR-633

3
NUR 708

Foundations of PMH for APRNs II

This is the second of two courses in the curriculum designed to prepare the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student for practice. This course is designed to help the PMHMP student develop a deeper understanding of mental health and illness as well as a broader contextual perspective and builds upon knowledge of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches used in Behavioral Health. Additionally, an emphasis on the interrelationship between internal and external factors that influence personality development and personality pathology is presented through an analysis of developmental and psychoanalytic theories. Environmental influences and personality structure are also examined in the context of the development of addictive disorders. A systems perspective is employed in applying principles of family and group therapeutic modalities to selected populations. These may apply to specific age groups or disorders, including but not limited to groups or families of veterans or those dealing with addiction. A lifespan perspective is maintained with the addiction of content of child/adolescent and elderly populations.

Prequisites: NUR-631, NUR-631L, NUR-632, NUR-633 Nur-672 Nur-673

3
NUR 714

Clin Practicum in Comm-Based Family Care

This course was developed to provide an opportunity for advanced practice nursing students to work in a primary health setting with patients across the lifespan. Students will complete 120 hours of guided clinical experience with specific focus on client assessment and management skills, Health promotion will be accomplished through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals.

Prequisites: NUR-631, NUR-631L Nur-706

2
NUR 715

Psy Mental Health Clinical Practicum I

This course provides the Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student with an opportunity for implementation of skills consistent with the provision of care to individuals experiencing mental health problems, including assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions. Psychotherapy modalities including interpersonal cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches are implemented and where appropriate, psychopharmacological treatment is provided based upon assessment data. Students will be required to complete 180 clinical hours during this rotation.

Prequisites: NUR-672 NUR-673, NUR-707

3
NUR 716

Psy Mental Health Clinical Practicum II

This course provides the Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student with an opportunity for implementation of skills necessary to intervene therapeutically for families and groups. Theoretical application of family and group therapies including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic modalities is emphasized when working with selected populations. Promotion of wellness and interventions for family or group systems experiencing dysfunction are included in the provision care. Students will be required to complete 240 clinical hours during this rotation.

Prequisites: NUR-672 NUR-673, NUR-708

4

Subtotal: 22

Supportive Component:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 632

Advanced Pharmacology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing clinical track, this course provides advanced concepts of pharmacology. These include the actions, usual dosages, absorptions, distributions and side effects of commonly prescribed drugs. Legal and ethical issues related to prescription writing are included. This course meets the requirements of New York state for nurse practitioner licensure.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
NUR 633

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track, this course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology. Variations of normal physiology are explored in relation to adults and children experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
NUR 672

Advanced Psychopharmacology

This course provides the advance practice nurse, including the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student with content covering psychopharmacologic therapeutic mechanisms. Content includes all classifications of psychotropic medications as well as some adjuvant medications commonly used for treating some mental disorders. Also included is information on neurotransmission and how disruptions in neurotransmitter systems are related to symptoms associated with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. The role of the PMHNP as a provider with prescriptive privileges in the management of psychiatric mental health problems is viewed as concomitant with the provision of other therapies including psychotherapeutic interventions.

Prequisites: None

1
NUR 673

Advanced Psychopathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiology of the brain and pathological processes associated with various mental disorders. Advance practice nurses working in psych-mental health settings will benefit from a broad understanding of neural functioning including structural defects, neurotransmitter dysfunction and associative processes. Evidence-based information on neurogenesis and psychoneuroimmunology including the relationship between these processes and environmental influences are examined as a means of improving outcomes for patients experiencing mental health problems. Additionally, treatment approaches that include combined pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches as well as alternative/complementary approaches are examined.

Prequisites: None

1

Subtotal: 8

Total Credits required for post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 30

Admissions

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the graduate programs at D'Youville College, applicants to the post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner must present the following:

  1. Master of science degree in nursing
  2. Active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian
  3. All official graduate transcripts. If health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses were taken at the undergraduate level those official transcripts must be submitted.
  4. Interview with the program director/faculty
  5. Current CPR certification
  6. A minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse is recommended.
  7. At least two references on clinical performance from a supervisor or colleague
  8. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at another college or university, must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating that the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate or doctoral program will not be considered for admission
Department

School of Nursing

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.

Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.

All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.