Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Graduate Program Outcomes
The Leach College of Nursing MSN program was developed to provide an educational program that will prepare the graduate nurse to:
• Incorporate concepts of advanced nursing roles into healthcare practices
• Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles within a variety of settings and with diverse populations
• Demonstrate leadership and management strategies in advanced nursing roles
• Analyze and synthesize individual and societal issues that influence health care
• Contribute to the development and refinement of nursing science
• Engage in collaborative relationships with members of interdisciplinary teams
• Engage in post-graduate academic and professional development activities
• Communicate effectively, conveying information correctly and accurately

MSN Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MSN nursing program, the graduate will have the competencies to:
• Synthesize theoretical concepts from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing roles
• Implement an advanced nursing role in the healthcare delivery system
• Exemplify leadership roles within the healthcare system to promote patient centered care
• Utilize scientific inquiry to validate and refine nursing knowledge
• Demonstrate evidence-based practice in advanced roles
• Provide care for diverse patients, families, and communities in a culturally competent manner
• Engage in interdisciplinary relationships in practice settings

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

(47 – 56 semester hours) *


Undergraduate Prerequisites (9 credit hours)
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics 3
NURS 365 Physical Assessment 3
NURS 412 Nursing Research 3

Graduate Core (16 semester hours)
NURS 610 Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Issues 4
NURS 611 Biostatistics and Nursing Research 4
NURS 612 Population Health 4
NURS 613 Evidence-Based Healthcare 4

Advanced Practice Core (16 semester hours)
NURS 620 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 621 Advanced Pharmacology 4
NURS 622 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 651 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing 4

Practica Courses (15 semester hours)
NURS 653 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt I 5
NURS 654 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt II 5
NURS 655 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt III 5
Optional Education Courses (12 semester hours)
NURS 643 Teaching in Nursing 4
NURS 644 Nursing Education Methods & Measurement 4
NURS 645 Nursing Education Practicum 4


*RN-BS to MSN option available