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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Director Pam Terreri talks about the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specialty.

The family psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty prepares advanced practice nurses who will function as family psychiatric-mental health specialists in a variety of settings with diverse populations. Courses from nursing and other disciplines provide advanced theoretical knowledge and skills in health assessment, treatment modalities (e.g. individual, group and family based interventions, case management, psychopharmacology) leadership development, and clinical research to provide a scientific base for advanced nursing practice. Individual clinical practica allow specialization in advanced practice family psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform psychiatric assessments and evaluations for populations across the lifespan.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders according to DSM criteria.
  • Conduct psychotherapy with individuals, groups and families.
  • Function as case managers for persons with psychiatric disorders.
  • Provide psychiatric consultation to primary care providers.
  • Obtain the educational preparation required for national certification and/or state licensure.
  • Apply for prescription writing privileges and be eligible for third party reimbursement (in states in which advanced practice nurses have these privileges).
  • Meet academic requirements for application to doctoral programs in nursing and related fields.
  • Practice at an advanced practice nursing role as a psychiatric-mental health specialist in a variety of settings including out-patient, partial hospitalization, day treatment, and community-based intervention programs.

The family psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty is offered to students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds through a number of routes to entry and program options. Find your pathway to entry.

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