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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Certificate)

Two D'Youville students practice on an artificial patient.

Gain experience and education as you become eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

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

D’Youville’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.

As a student, you will benefit from a simple scheduling structure with all classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you will be able to complete the program in 12 to 24 months.

As a graduate of the program, you 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’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.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D’Youville’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner advanced certificate program, you will:

  • Learn to assess, diagnose and manage acute and chronic mental health conditions;
  • Gain experience and skills to promote mental health and educate patients about mental illness prevention and recovery;
  • Receive practical experience in the study of the physiology of the brain and pathological processes associated with various mental disorders;
  • Benefit from the opportunity to work closely with experienced faculty mentors and others throughout the nursing community.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our faculty are clinical experts in their fields and recognized for their student-centered approach that emphasizes individualized instruction and knowledgeable career guidance.
  • Research has shown that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes and D'Youville has created an environment that promotes a team-learning approach. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from seven other health care majors at the college — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • The nursing program at D'Youville reflects the institution’s mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.
  • D'Youville's Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) program provides an ideal option to students interested in furthering their education after completion of their master's degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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

  • Master of science degree in nursing
  • Active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian
  • Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent
  • Interview with the program director/faculty
  • At least two references on clinical performance from a supervisor or colleague
  • Current CPR certification
  • Canadian students must submit a course-by-course evaluation (or equivalent) of all Canadian college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES)

A minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse is recommended.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Course requirements for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS) include:

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.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631L

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631

1.0
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.

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

1.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
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.

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

2.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-672 NUR-673 NUR-707

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-672 NUR-673 NUR-708

4.0
Total 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
Prerequisites: None

3.0
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
Prerequisites: None

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
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.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
Total 8

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

An individual gap analysis of student transcripts will be done for nurse practitioners to determine courses from their previous programs that may be given credit.

Careers

Careers

The D’Youville advanced certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program gives advanced practice nurses the in-depth understanding of mental health disorders and skills necessary to treat a growing patient base and provides them the educational preparation to obtain certification.

A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner's Role

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are providers of holistic care and possess an understanding of all dimensions of patient care. They assess, diagnose and provide treatment using an in-depth understanding of mental health disorders. They treat patients of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds as they work with individuals, families and groups.

PMHNPs are employed in traditional outpatient and inpatient settings, though as holders of advanced degrees, they are often involved in research, consulting and private practice.

Career Outlook

Demand for nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024 as access to health care increases, the population ages and the role is more widely recognized by the public as a source for primary health care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics views the job opportunities for nurse practitioners as excellent and notes employers may offer flexible work schedules, childcare and educational benefits.

For more information about careers in nursing, visit: www.DiscoverNursing.com and www.nln.org.

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