Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric (Family) NPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic mental health care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of episodic and chronic illnesses.

Program Information

A psychiatric nurse practitioner is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced psychiatric nursing care to psychiatric patients and family members of all ages in psychiatric inpatient hospitals, psychiatric outpatient clinics, health departments, rural health clinics and other out-patient settings.

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Psychiatric Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty courses (CMN 548 and CMN 551 - offered in the Fall Semester Only) are required to attend a mandatory two day clinical orientation on campus in Mobile, AL, December 11-12, 2019. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during this On Campus Orientation. All Clinical Orientation events will take place at USA's College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail account.

Upon successful completion, our program allows the student to be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Certification Exam for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan). The credential earned with passing the ANCC Certification Exam is PMHNP-BC. Students who enroll in this program must be prepared to work with children, adolescents, and adults to ensure that they are proficiently trained to administer psychiatric care to all ages, genders, and cultures.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.

Curriculum

BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours. The following DNP core courses are required for the completion of the MSN degree: NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students adding a new specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the specialty courses and support courses, if needed, to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate. The DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post-Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours. The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses

  • NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credit hours)

Psychiatric Family NP Specialty Courses

  • CMN 548 - Intro to Family Psych NP (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 551 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psych NP (2 credit hours)
  • CMN 552 - Family Psych NP I (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 553 - Family Psych NP Practicum I - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 554 - Family Psych NP II (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 555 - Family Psych NP Practicum II - 180 clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 556 - Family Psych NP Practicum III - 240 clinical hours (4 credit hours)
  • CMN 557 - Family Psych NP III (3 credit hours)

DNP Core Courses

  • NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credit hours)
  • NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance (3 credit hours)
  • NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems (3 credit hours)
  • NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)
  • NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems (3 credit hours)

Psychiatric Family NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

  • CMN 604 - Psychiatric Family NP PP&D (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 617 - Psychiatric Family NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 618 - Psychiatric Family NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)
  • CMN 619 - Psychiatric Family NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours (3 credit hours)

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Kirsten Pancione for more information about this specialty: kpancione@southalabama.edu.