Learn more about how you can become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track prepares baccalaureate registered nurses seeking to become Advance Practice Nurses who provide holistic care to clients across the life span, which bridges the common gap between physical and mental health care. Admission for this track is in the fall semester. This track includes online didactic coursework and clinical practicums.
PMHNP Program Overview
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is designed for the working nurse (although full-time work is strongly discouraged in the Family Nurse Practitioner [FNP] and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] program) and can be completed in 24 months of full-time study. Course work is primarily online and curriculum is designed to allow admission throughout the academic year.
The MSN degree offers 36-42 credits and upon completion of the degree, the graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam as Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Educator.
The MSN program at Cox College offers post-master certificates as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Educator. These programs are designed for the MSN who would like to further specialize in either track. These programs offer 15-22 credit hours for completion.
Scope of Practice
Students in the MSN program practice under their state Nurse Practice Act. They also practice by the ANA Code of Ethics.
Assessment is an on-going process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education.
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrates knowledge and skills acquired throughout the didactic and clinical practicum experiences in the MSN program.
- Understands and accounts for practice outcomes.
- Practices collaboratively within an inter-professional model.
At the conclusion of the MSN program, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following:
- The graduate will demonstrate ethical conduct and decision making within their specific healthcare practice area.
- The graduate will integrate role specific practice expertise in the advancement of nursing science.
- The graduate will communicate effectively with multidisciplinary professionals within healthcare and educational systems, while adhering to the ethical use of communication technologies.
- The graduate will implement team-building strategies that utilize evidence-based research to create partnerships, improve patient care, and fully collaborate within nursing and across disciplines.
- The graduate will be able to analyze current and emerging technologies to support safe practice environments and to optimize quality care outcomes.
- The graduate will recognize cultural diversity and create a climate of patient-centered care (within the context of family and community), built upon mutual respect, empathy and collaboration.
- The graduate will understand the role of health policy and integrate that knowledge in improving the health of the public and the profession of nursing.