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.