Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioners provide psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults as well as mature adults experiencing a continuum of psychiatric illnesses.
This program prepares students to provide comprehensive psychiatric mental healthcare to those who are symptomatic in need of psychiatric services. Care continuum sites for Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner practice includes ambulatory care settings, acute care, long-term care, and community health facilities.
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.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours. The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits
Psychiatric Family NP Specialty Courses
CMN 548 - Intro to Family Psych NP 3 credits
CMN 551 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psych NP 2 credits
CMN 552 - Family Psych NP I 3 credits
CMN 553 - Family Psych NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
CMN 554 - Family Psych NP II 3 credits
CMN 555 - Family Psych NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits
CMN 556 - Family Psych NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits
CMN 557 - Family Psych NP III 3 credits
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
CMN 411 - Nursing in Community Systems 4 credits
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credits
NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credits
NU 425 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 credits
NU 530 – Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits
Please feel free to contact Dr. Melanie Baker for more information about this specialty: email@example.com.