Psychiatric Mental Health (Graduate Certificate)

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The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare the Nurse Practitioner to be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to increase access to mental health services in the region. With a background as an NP, graduates can apply their newly learned skills in their primary care setting offering psychiatric mental health care. Training in both primary care and mental health will afford graduates the ability to manage all aspects of patient care including assessing and managing psychiatric and mental health care needs to all ages in a variety of settings.

This Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program is designed for the nurse practitioner with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. The aim of the program is to prepare nurse practitioners to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, prescribing psychiatric medications and clinical management needed to treat patients with mental illness and chronic medical co-morbidities.

Courses will embrace a lifespan perspective in psychiatric mental health diagnostic reasoning, psychopharmacology, individual psychotherapies and management of complex psychiatric illnesses giving the student an evidence­-based framework for comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care.

Students admitted to the PM-PMHNP certificate program must maintain continuous enrollment through program completion.

Certificate Requirements

NURS 975Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities3
NURS 976Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3
NURS 977Neurobiology of Mental Disorders2
NURS 978Clinical Psychopharmacology2
NURS 984Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders3
NURS 985Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3
Total Credits16