Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

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Program Director: Anita Dempsey, PhD, CNS, BC

The Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to provide psychiatric and mental health care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

The course of study consists of 13 credit hours of core Nursing courses with an additional 36 credit hours to complete the Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of one year full-time experience as an RN

3

Complete a basic physical assessment course or equivalent within the last 10 years

4

Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)
5

Submit an Application for the College of Nursing and Health Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Resume
  • An essay about a meaningful clinical situation which helped you clarify your goals and desire to become an advanced practice nurse (maximum of two pages)
  • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer
6

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Sue Bevan, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date for students enrolling in the traditional Master's program is Fall semester.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. A personal interview with the program director will be required after review of submitted documents is completed.

Download the Graduate Financial Aid Application

Curriculum

For purposes of student eligibility for certification, all PMHNP required courses must be taken at Wright state University or challenged by either examination or demonstrations of similar course content in another masters in nursing program. Initially, all courses with the exception of the PMHNP Practicum coursework in the program will be delivered online making the program highly accessible to participants who have complicated work schedules and might not live in proximity to the Dayton, Ohio campus.

Efforts will be made to meet students’ individual goals and to provide experiences in their geographical area. Clinical courses are supervised by the PMHNP faculty. Candidates are encouraged to enter the program having identified potential clinical sites and preceptors. The College of Nursing faculty will also work with you to facilitate clinical placement and experiences.

All students are required to complete a statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course.  Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission by the associate director of the concentration.  Please see the following sample curiculum plan for a full-time student.    

Year 1

Fall Semester

NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr hrs)

NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr hrs)

NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership (3 cr hrs)

NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice (3 cr hrs)

Spring Semester

NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan (3 cr hrs)

NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice (4 cr hrs)

NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues (2 cr hrs)

NUR 7105 Population Health (3 cr hrs)

Summer Semester

NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care (2 cr hrs)

NUR 7106 Advanced Family Nursing (2 cr hrs)

NUR 7611 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (5 didactic; 3 clinical hrs)

Year 2

Fall Semester

NUR 7612 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (5 didactic; 3 clinical hrs)

Spring Semester

NUR 7613 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (2 didactic; 4 clinical hrs)

Course Descriptions

NUR 7001

Course Title: Role Development and Leadership
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.

NUR 7002

Course Title: Information Technology in Health Care
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics. The model of data, information and knowledge is used to explore the basis of nursing informatics within health care. Strategies are examined for dissemination, access, retrieval and evaluation of information for professionals and consumers of health care.

NUR 7003

Course Title: Health Policy, Politics and Issues
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.

NUR 7004

Course Title: Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Analysis of nursing and other selected concepts, models, and theories as related to nursing practice, administration, and education in development and application of nursing science.

NUR 7005

Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.

NUR 7102

Course Title: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: An in-depth scientific knowledge base is explored relevant to selected pathophysiological states across the lifespan confronted by graduate nurses. This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology is correlated to clinical diagnoses and management.

NUR 7103

Course Title: Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on prescriptive knowledge of pharmacologic agents used in treatment of common primary health care problems, stable chronic disease states and acute care diseases across the lifespan. Emphasis on indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects, and client education.

NUR 7104

Course Title: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for comprehensive health assessment. Emphasis is on health history; physical, developmental, and nutritional assessment; and identification of common client problems across the life span.

NUR 7105

Course Title: Population Health
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 7106

Course TitleAdvanced Family Nursing
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Family science and nursing theories are used as frameworks to assess and analyze family functioning including health promotion and risk identification of families experiencing health issues.  Therapeutic interventions are discussed including multidisciplinary approaches.

NUR 7611

Course Title: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
Credit Hours: 8 credit hours
Catalog Description: Comprehensive symptom assessment, diagnostic reasoning and disease management of individuals/families with acute/chronic alterations in psychiatric/mental health status/functioning across the lifespan. Health promotion, health behaviors and disease prevention strategies are emphasized with respect to epidemiology, risks, growth and development. Therapeutic communication principles, techniques, ethics and cultural competency are emphasized. Advanced practice role development is incorporated.

NUR 7612

Course Title: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II
Credit Hours: 8 credit hours
Catalog Description: The focus is on understanding and clinical reasoning in the selection and use of a variety of therapeutic modalities used in the management of individuals and families with acute and/or chronic alterations in psychiatric/mental health status and functioning across the lifespan. A variety of therapeutic treatment modalities explored. Advanced practice role development is incorporated.

NUR 7613

Course Title: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours
Catalog Description: The focus is on synthesis of theory and implementation of the role of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Experiences emphasize clinical decision making in an inter-professional environment with focus on the PMHNP as a principle provider of care for individuals with acute and chronic psychiatric/mental health disorders across the lifespan.

Contact Information

Program Contact:

Anita Dempsey, PhD, CNS, BC
Title: Associate Director, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Email: anita.dempsey@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3852
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

Sue Bevan
Title: Administrative Specialist
Email: sueanne.artz@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3577
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Donna Miles Curry, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC
Title: Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Email: donna.curry@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2653
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Financial Aid Nursing
Email: nursing_graduate_programs@wright.edu