Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track
The Byers School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Track allows students to expand their scope of practice by developing expertise in psychiatric and mental health care of individual across the lifespan. The program includes didactic and clinical experiences which focus on providing care in acute, crisis, and chronic conditions including substance abuse disorders. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the national Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.
- Primary care delivery systems: promoting prevention activities.
- Crisis Care: interventions in crisis situations and promoting a respectful environment.
- Substance Use Disorders: education in a multidisciplinary environment that will enhance the NP’s ability in mental health practice with a holistic, team approach.
- Pharmaceutical management of clients with psychiatric or mental health disorders.
Students interested in Addiction Certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse may be able to utilize clinical time towards certification through the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA).
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track objectives are to:
1.Assess, diagnose and manage psychiatric care of individuals, families and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems.
2.Provide primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a variety of settings.
3.Interact with a variety of clients across the lifespan to provide relationship-based, continuous services for optimal mental health, including prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance.
4.Collaborate with interprofessional colleagues to provide optimal clinical outcomes for clients across the lifespan with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
5.Develop in the role as advocate regarding policy issues at the local, state, and national levels to reduce health disparities and improve clinical outcomes for populations with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track Guidelines
Participants enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program must comply with the Byers School of Nursing, Graduate admissions requirements.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives and other planned experiences.
New students are given instructions on how to register with their acceptance letter. Before or during the ﬁrst half of the ﬁrst semester, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to map out a curriculum plan. For the remainder of the program students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The process is as follows:
- Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center (www.walsh.edu (http://www.walsh.edu). To register on-line, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration.
- Obtain a form from the website www.walsh.edu (http://www.walsh.edu) . Click on “Academics” and scroll down to the “Ofﬁce of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “Graduate Registration Form”. Download a copy and fax (330)
490-7372, mail or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Ofﬁce (located in Farrell Hall).
*Online refers to the deﬁnition from the Higher Learning Commission: Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.
|Foundation Courses (12 Credit Hours)|
|NURS 701||Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found||3|
|NURS 702||Advanced Nursing Research||3|
|NURS 706||Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ||3|
|NURS 710||Nurs Role & Ethics for Clin Do||3|
|Practice Application Courses (21 Credit Hours)|
|NURS 610||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NURS 612||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 614||Adv Health Assessment||3|
|NURS 650||Adv Princ of Psychopathology||3|
|NURS 654||Adv Psychopharmacology||3|
|NURS 671||Intensive I||0|
|NURS 672||Intensive II||0|
|NURS 705||App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv||3|
|NURS 718||Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt||3|
|Expert Knowledge Courses (26 Credit Hours)|
|NURS 651||Mental Hlth Assess & Int w/Ped||2|
|NURS 652||Psych Assess & Interview Tech||3|
|NURS 653||Care of Psy Mtll Hlth Primary||4|
|NURS 655||Care of Pys Mtl Hlth in Crisis||4|
|NURS 656||Brief Theraputic Interventions||2|
|NURS 657||Care of Client w/Sub Abuse Dis||4|
|NURS 658||Clin Mgmt of Psychiatric Clien||2|
|NURS 659||Prac in Pysch Mental Hlth Nurs||3|
|NURS 660||Group Therapeutic Intervention||2|
|Total Clinical Hours||600|