Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Description

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

The course of study includes 24 credit hours of graduate nursing coursework and 22 credit hours of psychiatric nurse practitioner-specific coursework. Upon successful completion of the concentration, students are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

There is a second master’s degree option for this program that is primarily aimed at nurse practitioners from other specialties who wish to pursue the specialty of psychiatry. Admission requirements, as required by the Graduate School policies, are the same as the admission requirements for the program with the addition of a master’s degree in nursing. A list of pre-requisites and curriculum requirements can be found here.

Admission

Eligibility

To be considered for admission to this graduate nursing concentration, 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 in the state where practicum will be completed

3

Have a minimum of one year full-time experience as an RN in the field of psychiatry in the United States

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency per the Graduate School policies which can be found here.

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 concentration

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

  • Resume
  • An essay about the life experiences or beliefs that helped clarify your goals and desire to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner (2-3 pages)
  • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer. At least one, and preferably both, of the letters should be from individuals familiar with your work in a psychiatric setting.
6

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside 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 Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

Admission into the program is based on cohort groups who complete their practicum sequence together at the end of the program.The next available cohort will graduate in the spring of 2020. Applications for this cohort are due by April first for consideration for admission the following fall. A personal interview with the concentration director will be scheduled after review of the complete application. Most interviews will occur in April and May and notification of admission decisions will occur by June 15.

All applications are reviewed as they are completed.  Exceptional applicants may be identified during this process and may be interviewed and admitted early. Also, part-time and transfer/second master’s students may inquire about a different start date. Such admissions are based on cohort availability and may vary as limited openings occur. Please contact the program director regarding the possibility of joining an earlier cohort.

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Curriculum

All coursework must be taken at Wright State University unless transfer credit is sought. Decisions about accepting transfer credit will be made by the program director and will be based on official transcripts along with a review of the course syllabus. Students may not transfer in more than half of the total required course work.

All of the courses are offered online with the exception of the three practicum courses, all of which have a required on-campus class on Tuesday evenings in addition to the clinical hours required. Some courses are offered only online.  Online (OL) versus on campus (C) offerings are indicated in the sample curriculum below.

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. The College of Nursing and Health faculty will work with you to facilitate clinical placement in appropriate practice settings for the depth and breadth of clinical experience necessary to be prepared for beginning practice.

Individualized plans, including those for part-time, transfer, and second master’s students, will be developed on admission by the director of the concentration.     

Year 1

Fall Semester

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

NUR 7105 Population Health (3 cr hrs) (OL)

Spring Semester

HLT 7001 Intro to Multivariate Statistics for HC (3 cr hrs) (OL)

NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics, and Issues (3 cr hrs) (OL)

Year 2

Fall Semester

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

NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership (3 cr hrs) (OL)

Spring Semester

NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice (3 cr hrs) (OL)

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

Year 3

Summer Semester

NUR 7611 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (8 cr hrs)

Fall Semester

NUR 7612 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (8 cr hrs)

Spring Semester

NUR 7613 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (6 cr hrs)

Course Descriptions

NUR 7001

Course Title: Role Development and Leadership
Credit Hours: 3 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 7003

Course Title: Health Policy, Politics and Issues
Credit Hours: 3 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 7005

Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice
Credit Hours: 3 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 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

Concentration Contact:

Misty M. Richmond PhD, PMHNP-BC  
Title: Assistant Professor & Director, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program
Email: misty.richmond@wright.edu

Phone: (937) 775-4684
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

College of Nursing and Health
Phone: 
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571