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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

School of Nursing

The graduate program in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Northeastern University is designed to prepare nurses to provide a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in community mental health centers, residential programs, schools and outpatient practice settings.

Overview

Since students are in various stages of career development we offer specialized and flexible program options. Part-time and full-time programs are available. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and early evening hours to accommodate the multiple responsibilities of adult learners.

  • For nurses who have a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing the Master of Science (MS) option is a 43-semester hour program.
  • For nurses with master’s preparation in other nursing specialties the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) option is a 24 Semester hour program.
  • For nurses with a Diploma or Associate Degree from a nursing program there is a 67 Semester hour BSN/MSN option.
  • For those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in a related (non-nursing) field, Direct Entry Program is available.

Upon completion of the Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing graduate program curriculum, graduates are eligible to sit for available national certification exams in their area of practice.

Incoming students should be aware that the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) plans to retire specific certification exams related to PMH, with the Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as the sole new certification exam offered in 2015. The lifespan focus of our curriculum prepares students for this exam.

Contact Info

Mary Foley
Program Coordinator
106M Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.5587
m.foley@neu.edu

Ann Polcari
Director
Tel: 617.373.7571
A.Polcari@neu.edu

Sample Curriculum

The Curriculum of the Northeastern University Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Nursing program has a lifespan focus, with core course content covering all ages. The program emphasizes a biopsychosocial framework to develop the understanding of human development, etiology of psychiatric disorders, and treatment modalities geared towards working with individuals across the lifespan and their families. The course of study emphasizes diagnostic decision making, psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group therapies, and psychopharmacology across the lifespan. We are known for our emphasis on the needs of children and families.

Course List

Professional Core
NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems and Professional Role Development 3
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Population Health 3

Research Core
NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice 3
NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application 2

Clinical Core
NRSG 6115 Health Assessment 3
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
NRSG 5117 Pharmacology 2

Psychiatric Mental Health Theory Courses
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3
NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice 3

Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum Courses
NRSG 6480 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum I 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum 2 5
Electives 2
Total Semester Hours 43

Additional Courses for BSN/MS Option
NRSG 5100 Professional Development and Scientific Basis 4
NRSG 5101 Computer and Nursing Informatics 3
NRSG 5102 Public Health Nursing 4
NRSG 5103 Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice 2
Electives 11
Total Semester Hours 24

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3
NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice 3
NRSG 6480 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum I 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum 2 5
Electives 2
Total Semester Hours 24

Degree Options

RN to Masters (diploma RN to Masters) 67 semester hrs

Professional Core
NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems & Professional Role Development 3
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology & Population Health 3

Research Core
NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice 3
NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application 2

Clinical Core
NRSG 6115 Health Assessment 3
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology 2

Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory Classes
NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies: Theory & Practice 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice – Psych 3
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3

Psychiatric Practicum
NRSG 6480 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (1) 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (2) 5

Electives
Elective 2

Total credits required for Master’s: 43 Semester Hours

The Curriculum for an RN is as follows (additional courses):
NRSG 5100 Professional Development and Science Basis 4
NRSG 5101 Computer and Nursing Informatics 3
NRSG 5102 Public Health Nursing 4
NRSG 5103 Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice 2
Elective 11

Total credits required for RN to BSN/MS: 67 Semester Hours

BSN to Masters (traditional) 43 semester hrs

Professional Core
NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems & Professional Role Development 3
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology & Population Health 3

Research Core
NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice 3
NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application 2

Clinical Core
NRSG 6115 Health Assessment 3
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology 2

Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory Classes
NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies:Theory & Practice 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice – Psych 3
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3

Psychiatric Practicum
NRSG 6180 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (1) 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (2) 5

Electives
Elective 2

Total credits required for Master’s: 43 Semester Hours

Bachelors from another field to MSN (direct entry program) 104 semester hrs

Bachelors from Another Field to MSN
Northeastern University’s direct entry nursing program allows you to use the degree and experience that you already have in nearly any field and leverage it into a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health. Nursing-specific classes (including clinical practicum) position you to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX), after which you become a registered nurse and practice in the field full-time for six to nine months. You continue in the graduate program in nursing in psychiatric specialty which leads to national credentialing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP).

Direct Entry Program, Core Nursing Curriculum Plan:
NUR G005 Nutrition 4
NUR G010 Health Care Ethics 3
NUR G020 Nursing Interventions/Assessment & Comm. Care 3
NUR G021 Lab for NUR G020 2
NUR G032 Intermediate Interventions & Assessment Lab 2
NUR G075 Nursing Adults in the Community 1
NUR G076 Lab for NUR G075 1
NUR G077 Caregiving: Children across the Continuum 1
NUR G078 Lab for NUR G077 1
NUR G083 Nursing as a Practice-Base Profession 3
NUR G084 Lab for NUR G083 2
NUR G086 Influences on Health and Illness: Nursing Perspective 3
NUR G088 Nursing with Women and Families 3
NUR G089 Lab for NUR G088 2
NUR G090 Nursing with Acutely Ill Adults & Families 4
NUR G091 Lab for NUR G090 4
NUR G092 Nursing and Promotion of Mental Health 3
NUR G093 Lab for NUR G092 2
NUR G094 Nursing with Acutely Ill Children & Families 3
NUR G095 Lab for NUR G094 2
NUR G096 Nursing with Vulnerable Populations 3
NUR G097 Lab for NUR G096 2
NUR G099 Comprehensive Nursing Practicum 4
NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology 2
NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems & Professional Role Development 3
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
Total credits required: 66

After RN nursing courses are completed, student continues in the Masters Degree Curriculum:

Professional Core
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology & Population Health 3

Research Core
NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice 3
NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application 2

Clinical Core
NRSG 6115 Health Assessment 3

Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory Classes
NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies:Theory & Practice 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice 3
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3

Psychiatric Practicum
NRSG 6480 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (1) 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (2) 5

Electives
Elective 2

Total credits required for Direct Entry MSN: 104 Semester Hours

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) 24 semester hrs *For NP’s or CNS's with other certifications

NRSG 6286 Contemporary Psychotherapies:Theory & Practice 3
NRSG 6281 Dimensions of Clinical Practice 3
NRSG 6282 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
NRSG 6283 Psychobiological Bases of Mental Disorders 3
NRSG 6480 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (1) 5
NRSG 6481 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum (2) 5
Elective 2

Total credits required for CAGS: 24 Semester Hours

HRSA Grant

Aiming to help eliminate the severe shortage of nurses for underserved populations, the three-year project initially awarded to Dr. Carol Glod, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, has been granted a continuation for three more years under the direction of Dr. Ann Polcari, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC. This program has increased enrollment and prepared advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide culturally competent psychiatric care to vulnerable children, adolescents and their families. Northeastern has expanded its existing graduate program contributing greatly to our ability to produce a number of well-trained professionals.

Grant Accomplishment

The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EKA) is a college preparatory high school for Boston Public School students exploring careers in the health professions. The Academy’s 211 students are more than 90% Black or Hispanic. With funding from the HRSA grant the NU School of Nursing has provided enhanced support and mentoring for the diverse student body introducing students to nursing roles within the health care system with particular attention to advanced practice nursing and mental health.

Experiential Learning

Students apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings or educational settings. Clinical practica re available across a variety of sectors of the health care system primarily in the Boston area, including private, public, and community based settings, including community mental health centers, outpatient clinics, residential and public schools. Faculty advisors choose from available clinical sites that are appropriate to the learning needs and goals of each student. Northeastern University School of Nursing is committed to the unique needs of clients from diverse groups in urban and underprivileged areas.

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