Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track

The MSN Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program 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 through the lifespan, 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 program requires 55 credits of coursework, including 12 credits (600 hours) of practicum experience.

Graduate Core Courses
NURS 6521Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement3
NURS 7601Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NURS 7605Advanced Healthcare Policy3
NURS 7608Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice3
NURS 7614Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement3
Practice Core Courses
NURS 7604Advanced Health Assessment4
NURS 7640Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology4
NURS 7641Advanced Pharmacology3
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Courses
NURS 7650Psychopathology3
NURS 7651Mental Health Nursing of Children and Adolescents2
NURS 7652Mental Health Nursing of Individuals Across the Lifespan3
NURS 7659Foundational Clinical Skills for Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Practice3
NURS 7661Mental Health Nursing of Groups and Families Across the Lifespan2
NURS 7663Primary Mental Health Nursing of At-Risk Populations Across the Lifespan2
NURS 7667Psychopharmacology2
NURS 7954Practicum I: PMHNP4
NURS 7955Practicum II: PMHNP4
NURS 7956Practicum III: PMHNP4
Total Credits55
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
NURS 6521 Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement 3
NURS 7640 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 4
 Credits7
Spring
NURS 7604 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 7641 Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Credits7
Summer
NURS 7608 Research Methods for Evidenced-Based Practice 3
NURS 7614 Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
NURS 7601 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
NURS 7650 Psychopathology 3
NURS 7651 Mental Health Nursing of Children and Adolescents 2
 Credits8
Spring
NURS 7605 Advanced Healthcare Policy 3
NURS 7652 Mental Health Nursing of Individuals Across the Lifespan 3
NURS 7659 Foundational Clinical Skills for Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Practice 3
 Credits9
Summer
NURS 7667 Psychopharmacology 2
NURS 7954 Practicum I: PMHNP 4
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall
NURS 7661 Mental Health Nursing of Groups and Families Across the Lifespan 2
NURS 7955 Practicum II: PMHNP 4
 Credits6
Spring
NURS 7663 Primary Mental Health Nursing of At-Risk Populations Across the Lifespan 2
NURS 7956 Practicum III: PMHNP 4
 Credits6
 Total Credits55