Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

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.

Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioners provide psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults as well as mature adults experiencing a continuum of psychiatric illnesses.

▼   Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first specialty course, CMN 548 Introduction to Family Psychiatric NP, are required to attend a mandatory three-day clinical orientation on campus during that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. The orientation will take place at the USA College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

Our program is a Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner Program. Students who enroll in to 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. The completion of this program allows for the students to be eligible to take the Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam only.

▼   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.

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
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 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
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.
RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours


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