Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

As a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduates will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner exam (ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Course Plan: Required Courses

Nursing Core: 8 credits

  • 3 credits, NURS6600 Intro to Advanced Nursing Philosophies, Theories, Roles & Issues
  • 3 credits, NURS7701 Advanced Research & Evidence-Based Practice
  • 2 credits, NURS7752 Master's Project

Specialized Advanced Nursing Practice: 31 credits

  • 3 credits, NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • 2 credits, NURS6620 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment
  • 2 credits, NURS6621 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment Practicum
  • 3 credits, NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • 3 credits, NURS6701 Psychopharmacology
  • 3 credits, NURS7812 Family Systems
  • 3 credits, NURS6501 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Families and Children
  • 2 credits, NURS6502 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Practicum
  • 3 credits, NURS6503 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Adults
  • 2 credits, NURS6504 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Practicum
  • 3 credits, NURS6505 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Geriatrics
  • 2 credits, NURS6506 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Practicum

Total Credits: 39 credits, 555 Clinical Hours

Graduate curriculum plan example

Fall semester, academic year 1 (6 credits)

  • NURS 6600 Intro Adv Nursing (3)
  • NURS 6615 Adv Pharm (3)

Spring semester, academic year 1 (6 credits)

  • NURS 6701 Psychopharm (3)
  • NURS 7702 Adv Patho (3)

Summer semester, academic year 1 (4 credits)

  • NURS 6620 Adv Health Assess (2)
  • NURS 6621 Adv Health Assess: Lab (2)

Fall semester, academic year 2 (6 credits)

  • NURS 7701 Adv Research EBP (3)
  • NURS 7812 Family Systems (3)

Spring semester, academic year 2 (7 credits)

  • NURS 7752 Master’s Project (2)
  • NURS 6501 Adv Psych/MH I: Families and Children (3)
  • NURS 6502 Adv Psych/MH I: Practicum (2)

Summer semester, academic year 2 (5 credits)

  • NURS 6503 Adv Psych/MH II: Adults (3)
  • NURS 6504 Adv Psych/MH II: Practicum (2)

Fall semester, academic year 2 (5 credits)

  • NURS 6505 Adv Psych/MH III: Geriatrics (3)
  • NURS 6506 Adv Psych/MH III: Practicum (2)