Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner track prepares advanced practice nurses to provide care in a wide variety of settings: institutional, community-based, and private practice. Students learn to care for individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and thought disorders. Clients range in age from the child to the older adult, and are from diverse ethnic and socio-economic groups. Students learn to assess, diagnose, treat, and evaluate outcomes. Medication management is an important part of the curriculum. Students' clinical practice sites span the state and provide experiences in hospitals, clinics, private practices, correctional facilities, and schools. The MSN Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner track requires 55 credits of coursework, including 12 credits (600 hours) of practicum experience.

Graduate Core Courses
NS 0521Advanced Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership and Improvement4
NS 0601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NS 0605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NS 0608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NS 0614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
Practice Core Courses
NS 0604Advanced Health Assessment4
NS 0640Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NS 0641Advanced Pharmacology3
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
NS 0650Psychopathology3
NS 0652Mental Health Nursing of Individuals3
NS 0659Foundational Clinical Skills for Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Practice3
NS 0661Mental Health Nursing of Groups and Families Across the Lifespan2
NS 0663Primary Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan2
NS 0665Mental Health Nursing of Children and Adolescents2
NS 0666APracticum I: PMHNP4
NS 0666BPracticum II: PMHNP4
NS 0666CPracticum III: PMHNP4
NS 0667Psychopharmacology2
Total Credits55
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NS 0521 Advanced Nursing Roles for Systems Leadership and Improvement 4
NS 0640 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NS 0604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NS 0641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NS 0605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NS 0614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
Second Year
NS 0608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
NS 0650 Psychopathology 3
NS 0665 Mental Health Nursing of Children and Adolescents 2
NS 0601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NS 0652 Mental Health Nursing of Individuals 3
NS 0659 Foundational Clinical Skills for Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Practice 3
NS 0666A Practicum I: PMHNP 4
NS 0667 Psychopharmacology 2
Third Year
NS 0661 Mental Health Nursing of Groups and Families Across the Lifespan 2
NS 0666B Practicum II: PMHNP 4
NS 0663 Primary Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan 2
NS 0666C Practicum III: PMHNP 4
 Total Credits55