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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:

  • Fall 2014 Application Deadline – August 3rd
    • Classes start Sept. 2nd

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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.
  • 6 Campus Immersions: When online MSN students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.
    • These immersions are two days in length. Students also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses. Additional site visits are arranged as needed.

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

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

Click here for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum effective Fall 2014.

Curriculum pre-Fall 2014 follows:

MSN Core Courses – 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) – 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 (4 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

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

NURS 621M — Dynamic Care Formulation (3 cr)

This course is designed as an induction into advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing. The scope of practice and the advanced practice nursing roles are examined. Major emphasis is placed on understanding, assessing, and diagnosing major psychiatric disorders and other phenomena requiring clinical intervention, considering variations across the lifespan. Selected theories of human development and adaptation across the lifespan and as a basis for psychiatric disabilities are analyzed. The biological bases of psychosocial behavior and their implications in psychiatric care are explored. Concepts, principles, and clinical approaches to assessment, mental health promotion, and diagnostic decision-making in advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing are stressed. Completing clinical assessments and formulating diagnoses using ICD, DSM-IV, and nursing systems are emphasized. Integration of concepts and application in one\’s personal practice are stressed. Prerequisites: NURS 524 and NURS 600

NURS 642M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I (3 cr)

This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of acute and episodic mental health issues. The course will have an emphasis on psychotherapy interventions and introduces the use of psychobiological interventions. Research findings related to therapeutic relationships and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy are examined. Theoretical models for psychotherapy and nursing theories are analyzed for their application in individual therapy and presenting issues in therapy situations of patients/clients of varying ages and diagnoses are emphasized. Self awareness; continuing development of knowledge and skill in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; and integration of theories and techniques of psychotherapy for application in one\’s personal practice are stressed. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 643M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts II (3 cr)

Focuses psychobiological interventions building upon the knowledge and skills gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation. The course will introduce and examine various psychobiological and non-psychobiological interventions for people suffering mental illness. Strategies for establishing differential diagnoses and the bases for treatment are emphasized. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as the bases for biological interventions are reviewed; concepts and principles of psychopharmacology extend existing knowledge gained in NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology. The challenges of treating co-occurring disorders are considered. The indications for and selection of appropriate theoretical models, diagnostic strategies, and/or intervention techniques, and issues in treatment situations of patients/clients across the age span are emphasized. Group psychotherapy across the age span will be explored and the various theoretical models for delivering and implementing this modality will be reviewed. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 644M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts III (3 cr)

Builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation. This course is divided into four areas of study: 1) Child/adolescent psychiatric mental health, 2) Geriatric psychiatric mental health, 3) Family and couple therapy, and 4) Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in a complex health care system. This course will introduce and examine various theories to care for vulnerable populations suffering from mental and emotional distress, including child/adolescent and geriatric populations. The most common psychiatric disorders within these populations will be covered as well as various psychotherapeutic approaches and the most common psychiatric medications used to manage the illnesses in order to restore health. Concepts and principles of psychopharmacology extend existing knowledge gained in NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology. Various theories of family and couple therapy will be analyzed. The role of Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse will be examined regarding system and organizational transformation. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

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

NURS 601M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I (1 cr)

Designed to provide opportunities for learners to begin practice as advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses. Emphasis is on utilizing the theories, concepts, and skills necessary to assess and diagnose major psychiatric disorders and other phenomena requiring clinical intervention gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation in the clinical setting. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 600

NURS 631M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practicum II (2-3 cr)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one\’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 632M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practicum III (2-3 cr)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one\’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 633M — Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practicum IV (2-3 cr)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one\’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

6 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.

  • These immersions are two days in length.
  • Students also have at least one site visit from clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.  Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on- campus immersions
NURS 601M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice l One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 631M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice ll One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 632M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice lll One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 633M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice lV One – day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*

*All students will have one site visit from a clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.

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.