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 those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in a related (non-nursing) field, the Direct Entry MS option is available.

Upon completion of the Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing graduate program curriculum, graduates are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification, across the lifespan through the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Contact Info

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

MS Curriculum

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

CAGS Curriculum

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

Curriculum subject to change

Degree Options

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 Nursing MS program) 104 semester hrs

Bachelors from Another Field to MSN
Northeastern University’s Direct Entry Nursing (MS) 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 nursing graduate program in psychiatric specialty which leads to national credentialing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP).

 

A total of 64 credits are required for the BSN portion of the Direct Entry Nursing MS prior to entry into the Psychiatric Mental Health specialty.

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

Behavioral Health Workforce Grant

Nationally and regionally there exists a severe shortage of qualified mental health professionals needed to treat children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral health problems.  Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce with Psychiatric Mental Health NPs,  is a grant under the direction of Ann Polcari, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC designed to enhance the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Graduate Nursing program at Northeastern University to prepare advanced practice registered nurses who will provide culturally competent care to vulnerable children, adolescents, and transitioning young adults at risk for, or experiencing behavioral health problems, and their families. The National Behavioral Health Workforce funding is meant to support students at accredited master’s-level schools and programs of social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, and professional counseling during their pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health. We have been meeting the growing need for behavioral health clinicians. Learn more at http://www.neunursingbehavioralhealth.org/.

Experiential Learning

Students apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings or educational settings. Clinical practica are available across a variety of sectors of the health care system primarily in the Boston area, including private, public, and community based settings, 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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