Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse whose clinical practice focuses on individuals, families or populations across the lifespan at risk for developing mental problems or having a psychiatric diagnosis.

The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner clinical track prepares students with advanced health assessment skills, psychiatric assessment and diagnostic skills, advanced clinical management of psychiatric disorders, including prescribing and managing psychotropic medications, as well as individual, family and group therapy modalities. This track also provides educational preparation for the advanced practice nurse to assume leadership roles, act as an advocate for individual clients and societal needs surrounding mental health (such as parity). Clinical settings are arranged for students and occur across a wide variety of locales including rural, community and urban settings.

Graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Track Coordinator: Michaela Hogan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to advance practice nursing tracks are advised that they may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and if unable to do so, progress in the curriculum will be delayed.

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