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The need for mental health care has grown dramatically in the past decade. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) you will be prepared to provide holistic care to patients across the lifespan with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
Spring Arbor University’s BSN to MSN-PMHNP online program is faith-based, in which you will expand your nursing knowledge while thoughtfully applying the perspective of Christ to your mission to help patients with acute and chronic psychiatric mental health disorders.
SAU is CCNE-accredited* and recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
*See full accreditation information in our Fast Facts section.
As a student in the MSN PMHNP online program, you will:
- Develop an advanced clinical practice for assessing, diagnosing, and intervening in individuals, groups, and families' dysfunctional coping patterns and psychiatric disorders.
- Enhance skills to serve patients with major psychiatric disorders, considering factors like epidemiology, age, socioeconomic background, cultural norms and level of disease risk.
- Learn to deliver compassionate care and advocate for the healthcare needs of underserved populations, as exemplified by the Christian worldview.
- Continue working full-time as you earn your degree on your schedule.
- Learn from highly educated, talented faculty who build close relationships with students in small class sizes
- Receive 1:1 support from a dedicated Student Success Advisor who will support you from start to graduation.
Graduate prepared to take the national PMHNP certification exam (PMHNP-BC™).
This course builds on the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, Providing a rigorous examination of neurobiology as it relates to mental health disorders across the lifespan. Students will explore the relationship between neurobiology and psychopathology, examining epidemiology and etiology of select mental health disorders. Emphasis will be placed on genetics, development, and trauma as they relate to neurobiology and psychopathology. This course introduces the students to mental health assessment strategies that are sensitive to the psychosocial needs of mental health clients.
This course builds on the knowledge of neurobiology and psychopathology, applying evidence-based principles and best practices related to psychopharmacology to treat psychiatric mental health disorders across the lifespan. Students will gain advanced knowledge about pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, neuro-pharmacological mechanisms, risks, benefits, and adverse effects of psychotropic medications. Focus will be on examination and application of neuropsychopharmacology and diagnostic reasoning with a focus on comorbid physical and mental health conditions commonly seen in psychiatric/mental health settings. Integration of psychotherapeutic interventions in the treatment planning of psychiatric mental health symptoms and disorders will be explored. Pre-Requisite: NUR 712
- 50 credits
- $752 per credit hour
- 570 clinical hours
- Just one 3-day campus residency in year two
Designed for Working Nurses
- Online, asynchronous coursework
- 6 intakes per year
- Take one seven-week course at a time and enjoy a week off in between
- Flexible login times — complete your assignments on your schedule
- Ranked on a national and regional level for its academic quality and value
- One of the top fastest-growing job fields in nursing
- BSN degree from an accredited program
- 3.0 GPA from most recent 60 credits
- A current nursing license
- Online application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Short personal statement
This course will focus on developing advanced knowledge and skills required to assess, diagnose, and interpret appropriate screening tools, laboratory tests, and behavioral assessments related to mental health disorders affecting adults and older adults. This course examines major adult disorders; looking at epidemiology, health and mental health promotion and prevention, risk factors, taxonomy, cultural factors, assessment issues specific to adults and older adults, use of rating scales, as well as evidence-based adult-specific treatments. Individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychopharmacological interventions, trauma-based interventions, and combinations of these treatments will all be emphasized. Students will develop treatment plans to address the psychiatric mental health disorders affecting this population
This course will focus on developing advanced knowledge and skills required to assess, diagnose, and interpret appropriate screening tools, laboratory tests, and behavioral assessments related to mental health disorders affecting children, adolescents, and young adults. This course examines major childhood disorders; looking at epidemiology, health and mental health promotion and prevention, risk factors, taxonomy, cultural factors, assessment issues specific to children, adolescents, and young adults, use of rating scales, as well as evidence-based child and adolescent-specific treatments. Individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family-based interventions, psychopharmacological interventions, trauma-based interventions, and combinations of these treatments will all be presented. Students will develop treatment plans to address the psychiatric mental health disorders affecting this population.
Spring Arbor University is recognized as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News & World Report. The online BSN to MSN Psych Mental Health NP program provides academic quality with competitively priced tuition of $752 per credit hour.
You may also be eligible to receive financial aid. SAU will work with you to determine any benefits for which you qualify, including student aid, military discounts and tax benefits.
The nursing programs at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),* which ensures students, employers and graduate nursing programs that SAU graduates have received an education that meets CCNE’s rigorous standards.
*The master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.