Post - MSN Cert - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Get the nursing certification that will position you for success as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The post-masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a university certificate including coursework in pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and psychopharmacology. Graduates are prepared to meet the population’s growing mental health needs in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics and a variety of other environments.

At-A-Glance

Format: 100% online

Credit Hours: 22-31 hours

2017-2018 Tuition: $650 per credit hour

Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9 hours     

What sets our program apart?
The online program is designed to provide the convenience of online learning while maintaining the quality and rigor necessary for the student to become an extremely competent and confident Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon graduation.

  • 8-week terms
  • Multiple start dates
  • Study any time, from anywhere
  • No campus visits required
  • Full-time and part-time enrollment*
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best online graduate nursing programs in the country
    *Availability dependent upon your selected program.

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.

Post-MSN Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Certificate Curriculum

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Prerequisites  9 hours

NOTE: Transfer of prerequisite courses will be determined by the faculty on an individual basis.

Core Courses  22 hours

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion  22-31 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university graduate catalog.

Course Descriptions

NSC 800 Advanced Practice

(1-6 hours) A. Advanced practice clinical experience. Students will retake for the minimum number of hours required for their specialty option.

830 Advanced Pharmacology

(3 hours)  A.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the MSN program or department approval.  Application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to the treatment and management of conditions across the life span.

832 Advanced Health Assessment

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval.  Emphasis is on the advanced skills necessary for Advanced Practice nursing in assessing the health status of clients from across the life span.  Diagnostic reasoning and systems approach will be emphasized.

834 Advanced Pathophysiology

(3 hours) A.  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval.  Application of advanced principles of pathophysiology to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions across the life span.

NSC 880 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ( PMHNP)

I. (2 hours) A. Prerequisites: NSC 830, 832, 834, 840, and HEA 855, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisites: NSC 800 and 881. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with individuals are developed.

NSC 881 Applied Psychopharmacology

(2 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 830, NSC 832, and NSC 834, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: NSC 880. Applies theoretical and diagnostic knowledge related to prescribing psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders across the life span.

NSC 882 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) II

(2 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 880 and 881, each with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: NSC 800. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with families are developed.