Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who focuses clinical practice on individuals, families, or populations across the life span at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems.
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinical track prepares students to develop skills in advanced health assessment, psychiatric assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and the clinical management of psychiatric disorders using individual, family, and group therapy, and psychotropic medication prescription and management. Additional components of the role include case management and health education. Clinical experiences are primarily provided in rural and urban clinical and community settings.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Please be advised, progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to APN tracks are advised that they may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences and may need to be available for off-shift or weekend experiences. Students who are unable to may find their progress in the curriculum will be delayed.