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Allen College offers the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track of the MSN program master’s degree in response to the growing need for specialists who can provide comprehensive psychiatric-mental health nursing care to clients through the life span, i.e. infancy through older adult, who are at risk for mental illness, as well as those who are in need of psychiatric services. The FPMHNP track provides a curriculum that addresses age appropriate assessment, diagnosis, interventions, and needs and issues across the lifespan. Supervised clinical practica will include psychiatric mental health services in a variety of settings across the lifespan.

Graduates of the program are prepared to provide services in a range of settings, including hospital psychiatric units, emergency departments, community mental health centers, and private practice settings for clients across the life-span. Graduates may also assume faculty positions in nursing schools experiencing a shortage of faculty with degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Curriculum:

MSN core courses:  17 credits

FPMHNP courses: 26 credits

  • NU:550 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NU:560 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States
  • NU:570 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NU: 580 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NU:615 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan I
  • NU: 615C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan I:  Practicum
  • NU:620 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan II
  • NU:620C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan II:  Practicum
  • NU:625 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan III
  • NU: 625C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan III:  Practicum

Post Master’s Certificate Curriculum – FAMILY PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (FPMHNP)

Curriculum:

  • FPMHNP courses: 26 credits 
    • NU:550 Advanced Health Assessment
    • NU:560 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States
    • NU:570 Advanced Pharmacology
    • NU: 580 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice
    • NU:615 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan I
    • NU: 615C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan I:  Practicum
    • NU:620 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan II
    • NU:620C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan II:  Practicum
    • NU:625 Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan III
    • NU: 625C Management and Care of Clients with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Throughout the Lifespan III:  Practicum 
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    What is the role of a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner?
    As described by the National Panel for Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Competencies, the following competencies reflect the current knowledge and scope of practice for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.

    Health Promotion and Protection and Disease Prevention and Treatment  which includes assessment, diagnosis, plan of care and treatment which does include prescriptive authority.

    Patient Relationship –including teaching and coaching, professional role management and negotiation of health care delivery systems, and monitoring and ensuring the quality of healthcare practice, in addition to cultural competencies.

    Please see National Panel for Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Competencies.

    Do Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduates have difficulty finding employment in the community?
    Typically this is not an issue; in fact currently there is a shortage of Mental Health professionals with prescriptive authority in most communities.  Allen College frequently receives new job postings for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioners.  There are availabilities of positions both statewide as well as nationally. 

    How are my clinical preceptors chosen? 
    As a graduate student it is recommended that you identify individuals who are either a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or psychiatrist in the area that you wish to complete your practicum hours and then schedule an appointment to talk with them.  Clinical preceptors must have been in practice at least one year to qualify. The college instructors/staff may also have names of individuals who have been previously utilized.

    Is nurse practitioner certification currently available?  What are its requirements?  Where would I find out more information?
    Steps to become certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

     
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