Post-MSN Certificate - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 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.

NSC 883 Rural PMHNP Child Adolescent

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 830, NSC 832, NSC 834, and NSC 881. Current certification as an Adult PMHNP/CS. Co-requisite: NSC 800. Applies theoretical and diagnostic knowledge related to treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.