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MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Track

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program will prepare you to:

  • Provide the full range of services that comprise primary mental health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Facilitate system improvements

Clinical practice focuses on persons of all ages with diagnosed psychiatric disorders and individuals, families, or populations at risk for mental illness.

Application Deadline:

  • Spring 2015 Session “B” Application Deadline – February 22nd
    • Classes start March 16th

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PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track students from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Quick Facts

  • 36-47 credit program
  • Accredited
  • Spring, fall and summer sessions
  • $900 per credit hour
  • 8-Week MSN Core Sessions: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Courses outside of the MSN Core are 16 weeks in length.
  • Gonzaga would prefer a bachelor of science in nursing, but that is not required. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing may need to take some foundational nursing courses before completing master’s-level courses, e.g., statistics, research, and community health nursing.
  • Seven Campus Immersions: Students are required to participate in a total of seven (7), two-day, on-campus immersions throughout their program. The timing of immersions is dependent on the individual’s course progression plan.
    • Students will have at least three site visits from a clinical faculty during practicum courses. Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
    • During on-campus immersions, students will participate in Culminating Observed Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs – a cornerstone for student success. In these structured scenarios, students obtain a focused history and complete a focused exam of a scripted model patient, identify differential diagnoses and the most likely diagnosis, and determine a plan of care based on the most likely diagnosis. The OSCEs are led by practicing faculty who bring real-world scenarios and practical advice to life for the student.

 

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (47 credits) & Immersions

Students admitted into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track during the Summer and Fall 2014 sessions, are eligible and encouraged to use this version of the curriculum. With approval from an advisor, students admitted for Summer and Fall 2014 may use the older version of the curriculum if they desire.

All students admitted into the PMHNP track starting Spring 2015 will follow this version of the curriculum. The first semester in which new courses (e.g. NURS 653P, NURS 652M) will be offered is spring 2016 in time for any students admitted Summer 2014 and after to reach them.

MSN Core Courses – (15 credits) – Courses are each 8 weeks in length

NURS 561 – Information Technology & Data Management (3 cr)

This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management.  The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and interprofessional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing, and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.

NURS 562 – Theoretical Foundations for Healthcare Improvement (3 cr)

This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The course provides learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.

NURS 563 – Evidence-Based Practice for Quality and Safety (3 cr)

This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions.  The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.

NURS 564 – Contemporary Healthcare Environment (3 cr)

This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care.  This course provides learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families, and populations.  The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing, and quality.  Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional, and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.

NURS 565 – Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations (3 cr)

The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations.  Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits) – Courses are each 16 weeks in length

NURS 523 – Advanced  Pathophysiology (3 cr)

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 – Advanced  Pharmacology (3 cr)

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N

NURS 525 – Psychopharmacology (3 cr) (Optional)

The Psychopharmacology course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students in the practice of prescribing psychiatric medications.  The course reviews the principles and theories of psychopharmacology, the neurochemical communication circuit, and the effects of various psychotropic drugs. The course examines the indications and actions of specific psychotropic medications in the management of the behavioral effect of mental illness. Recommended and required monitoring of medication effects and adverse effects will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N and NURS 524 Y

NURS 600 – Health Assessment: Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Online master’s degree in nursing students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required. Prerequisites: NURS 523 and NURS 524

NURS 601  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1 cr)

This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an NP or MD). Corequisite: NURS 600

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (12 credits) – Courses are each 16 weeks in length

NURS 652M – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I (3 cr)

This course is designed as an introduction to advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing with emphasis on application of concepts to practice. The scope of practice and standards of the psychiatric nurse practitioner are analyzed. Major emphasis is placed on building a therapeutic relationship. Assessing and diagnosing major psychiatric disorders, mental health promotion/prevention strategies, and diagnostic decision-making are stressed (differential diagnosis). Risk assessments, formulating diagnoses using DSM 5, and clinical interventions considering variations across the lifespan are emphasized. Selected theories of interpersonal psychotherapy, human development, recovery, trauma-informed care are analyzed. The biological bases of psychosocial behavior and their implications in psychiatric care are explored. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 653M  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts II (3 cr)

The focus of this course is on the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic mental health issues. Emphasis is on individual and group psychotherapy across the lifespan. Development of therapeutic relationships and interpersonal process es in psychotherapy are examined. Continued development of therapeutic relationships, self-awareness, and skill in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation are emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 652M Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I

NURS 654M  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts III (3 cr)

This course will examine various theories of care for vulnerable populations across the lifespan suffering from mental and emotional distress, including co-occurring disorders. The most common psychiatric disorders within these populations as well as various psychotherapeutic approaches and the most common psychiatric medications used to manage the illnesses to restore health will be examined. Prerequisite: NURS 6XX Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I

NURS 670 Psychopharmacology (3 cr)

This course focuses on the principles and theories of psychopharmacology. Epigenetics, genetics, neurochemical communication, and circuits in psychopharmacology are explored. The course examines the actions and uses of specific psychotropic medication, the required monitoring, and the management of behavior and mental illness. Prerequisites: NURS 523 and NURS 524

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum Courses (10 credits) – Courses are each 16 weeks in length

NURS 661M  Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum I (1-3 cr)

This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Concepts I. Emphasis is on utilizing the theories, concepts, and skills necessary to assess and diagnose acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and intervene using evidenced-based approaches.

NURS 662M  Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum II (1-3 cr)

This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts II. Emphasis is on the application of treatment interventions including medication management and individual and group psychotherapy for the adult clients with acute, chronic, and co-occurring disorders.

NURS 663M  Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum III (1-4 cr)

This clinical course is paired with the didactic course Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts III. Emphasis is on the application of treatment interventions including medication management and individual and group psychotherapy for the child/adolescent and elderly client with acute, chronic, and co-occurring disorders.

NURS 683M  Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum Extension (1-3 cr) — may be repeated as many times as needed

This course is an independent clinical course. It is not paired with a didactic course. It is designed to allow Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students to continue to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in semesters when they are not enrolled in NP specialty didactic courses. Students will complete variable clinical clock hours in approved clinical settings while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the continuing development and refinement of treatment interventions including medication management and individual and group psychotherapy for any population.

7 Required Immersions (Campus Visits)

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in a total of seven (7), two-day, on-campus immersions throughout their program. The timing of immersions is dependent on the individual’s course progression plan.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting students from the following states for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option (1st and 2nd master’s degree): WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

  • Quality – Gonzaga\’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates average 95% pass rate on the national nurse practitioner certification exams.

  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Accreditation: Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible: You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.
  • Systems thinking: Graduates of Gonzaga’s Nursing programs are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intraprofessional collaboration.

At a Glance

Credits

47 credits

Average completion time

8-9 semesters (dependent on when courses are offered)

Cost per credit

$900

Accreditation

The baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 877-6791. An accreditation site visit for review of the DNP Program is scheduled for Fall 2014.

Location

Online

NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track students from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Admission cycles

Fall, Spring, & Summer

Immersions

Minimum seven, two-day immersions in Spokane, WA are required over the course of the program.

Rankings

Top 3 Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report