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Post Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health for NPs

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) post graduate certificate program is geared towards providing the already practicing NP the additional classroom and clinical experience needed to address the mental health needs of patients across the lifespan. Faculty at the Graduate School of Nursing bring to the classroom cutting-edge knowledge in the treatment of mental health conditions. The Graduate School of Nursing prides itself on its ongoing scholarship in the field of teaching and academics, providing the students with current technologically advanced and innovative interprofessional learning environments.

Our students will be prepared to diagnose and treat patients acute or chronic mental health conditions, provide psychotherapy to those coping with psychosocial stressors and/or those with addiction issues. Graduates of the certificate program will have additional knowledge and competency in assessing and diagnosing psychiatric conditions, as well as in providing psychotherapy and prescribing medications for patients of all age groups.

Our graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification examination. Upon graduation and certification our GSN Psychiatric Mental Health NPs will find themselves in high demand with their new expertise. Psychiatric Mental Health NP graduates, certified across the lifespan, will provide services in a variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient settings, step-down or residential programs as well as private outpatient practices.

Curriculum Plan of Study

Total credit hours: 22

First Semester

N 670A Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I: Assessment and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

N 670B Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum I - 2 credits

N 671 Psychotherapeutic Interventions I: Individual Therapy - 1 credit

Second Semester

N 672A Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II: Care of Adults, Older Adults and Consultation - 3 credits

N 672B Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum II - 2 credits

N 673 Clinical Psychopharmacology - 3 credits

Third Semester

N 674A Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III: Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families - 3 credits

N 674B Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum III - 3 credits

N 675 Psychotherapeutic Interventions II: Group, Couples, and Family Therapy - 2 credits

Courses for Non-Matriculated Students

Interested in test driving or taking a course as a nonmatriculated student? Take a course this Fall, 2019!

N670AH Psych Mental Health Nursing 1: Assessment and Diagnosis across the Lifespan

This course serves as an introduction to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness across the lifespan. The etiology, course, and management of common psychiatric symptoms frequently encountered in primary and mental health care settings will be addressed.   The student will access the most current clinical sources on assessment and diagnosis for psychiatric disorders using DSM-V diagnostic criteria, ICD coding, standardized guidelines and other mental health assessment tools.  Confounding and supportive influences on mental health and illness will be analyzed including the availability of biopsychosocial resources and economic, legal/ethical, and policy related variables. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of common psychiatric conditions.
Permission needed by Mechelle.Plasse@umassmed.edu
This course is offered online.

N671H Psychotherapeutic Interventions I: Individual Therapy

This course is designed to explore the major psychotherapeutic approaches to individual therapy and focuses on the legal and ethical issues and the therapeutic role of the advance practice psychiatric ¿mental health nurse in providing care to individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.  Strategies for intervention will include development of therapeutic relationships, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, recovery-oriented philosophies, trauma-informed care, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) CBT (cognitive- behavioral therapy), brief psychotherapy and use of complimentary modalities for individuals. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, crisis care and follow-up strategies among diverse populations for persons receiving advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing care.
Online Course. 1 credit

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