Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Post-Masters Certificate

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) – Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC)

The Post-Master’s Certificate reflects Husson University’s on-going commitment to educate advanced practice nurses for the challenges of the new millennium, with a purpose of improving cost-effective access to mental health care across the lifespan – including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly – with a particular focus on underserved populations.  The PMC enables MSN-prepared advanced practice nurses the opportunity to gain this additional clinical credential by taking the additional coursework required to allow them to sit for the national certifying board examination.  The biopsychosocial orientation to mental illness enables the student to develop the theoretical and research foundations of practice that emphasize the integration of both neurobiological and psychosocial sciences.  Husson offers on-line education with two on-campus clinical intensives.  Courses utilize synchronous and asynchronous learning formats. 

NU 700Theories and Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice *3
NU 702Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics *3
NU 704Advanced Health Assessment *3
NU 705Advanced Psychopharmocology3
NU 706Advanced Pathophysiology *3
NU 707Neurobiology3
NU 708Socio-Cultural Perception of Addiction and Population Health3
NU 710Evidence Based Research *3
NU 740Public Health Policy Issues and Challenges *3
NU 801Advanced Mental Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (168 Clinical Hours)5
NU 810Family Psychiatric Nursing I (180 Clinical Hours)6
NU 812Family Psychiatric Nursing II (180 Clinical Hours)6
NU 821Strategy & Analysis of Organizational Process3
NU 840Graduate Nursing Capstone3
Total Hours50

Bridge Program

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan) “Bridge” Course

In 2014, the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) made changes to the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification process, resulting in the new certification “Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan).”  In order to give our alumni an opportunity to attain this certification, Husson has developed a “Bridge Course,” approved by ANCC.  Once completed, participants will be eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam. 

This course is open to any of our graduates who have obtained both a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing AND an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Study from Husson University, as well as those graduates who obtained both a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Nursing Certificate of Advanced Study AND an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Study from Husson University.

NU 818 (28 hours = 2 cr) and the associated internship, NL 818 (252 hours = 3 cr), can be completed over one or two semesters and will focus on the behavioral growth and development of children and adolescents, as well as various types of therapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions.  The course will be offered through hybrid technology, with the majority of content delivered via an on-line format; the minimum cohort size to deliver this program is ten (10).  The opportunity to add this credential is only open this one time and will close completely in May 2017.

NU 818Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum2
NL 818Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum Student may take this course multiple times to gain total of 3 credits3
Total Hours5