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Communities across the United States are reporting significant shortages of mental health professionals to treat mental health and substance abuse disorders, a rising concern since the pandemic. Accelerate your career and expand your scope of practice by becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through an online, faith-based program that aligns with your life and values.
Spring Arbor University’s online RN to MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program will equip you with the clinical expertise to diagnose and treat psychiatric and mental health conditions for patients across the lifespan. As a student in the online RN to PMHNP Program, you will:
- Establish an advanced clinical practice for assessing, diagnosing, and intervening in individuals, groups, and families' dysfunctional coping patterns and psychiatric disorders.
- Develop skills to serve patients with major psychiatric disorders, considering factors like epidemiology, age, socioeconomic background, cultural norms and level of disease risk.
- Deliver compassionate care and advocate for the healthcare needs of underserved populations, as exemplified by the Christian worldview.
- Earn your BSN degree along the way, so you can gain the benefits of working as a BSN-prepared nurse.
- 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.
- Graduate prepared to take the national PMHNP certification exam (PMHNP-BC™)*.
SAU is CCNE-accredited and recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
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
- 4-year program
- 82 credits total
- 570 clinical hours
- One 3-day campus residency during the third year
Designed for Working Nurses
- Online, asynchronous coursework
- 4 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 in most recent 60 credits
- A current nursing license from your state of employment
- Online application
- Short personal statement
- Current nursing license
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 builds on previous knowledge and practice of care of individuals and families, evidence-based practice for the advanced practice nurse, and theoretical application of care for the psychiatric mental health population across the lifespan. Health promotion, health protection, health maintenance, health restoration, and disease prevention at the individual and family level are emphasized. Students will be engaged in mastering competencies introduced, practiced, and evaluated progressively over the clinical experience. Students will work closely with a clinical preceptor and nursing faculty to gain experience in assessment, primary prevention, and intervention with populations with mental illness or at risk for mental illness, developing, implementing, and evaluating psychiatric mental health care across the lifespan. The application of legal, ethical, and policy issues for the psychiatric mental health population will be addressed throughout the course. Students should plan to engage in different clinical placements over the course to gain a wide variety of clinical experiences. Pre-requisite: NUR 712
Spring Arbor University is recognized as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News & World Report. The online RN to MSN Psych Mental Health NP program provides academic quality with competitively priced tuition of $610/$767 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. Graduates are prepared to take the national PMHNP certification exam (PMHNP-BC™)*