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Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Help address the complex nature of mental illness from a clinical perspective

According to a recent study, 25% of U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness each year. It’s a national issue that can no longer be ignored.* It’s a national issue that can no longer be ignored.* Through Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN PMHNP) track, you’ll explore the latest in research theory combined with experiential learning and proven methodologies that can help provide treatment and relief for individuals with mental or neurological disorders.

Program graduates also earn the knowledge and skills required to be prepared to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

*National Alliance on Mental Illness

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1 Week Residency

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15 Students

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4 Starts Per Year

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Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.

 

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Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track includes 18 courses totaling 45 credit hours. The program begins with nine, three-credit core courses that focus on specific roles of the advanced nurse in the healthcare system prior to transitioning into specialty courses specific to the track.

The curriculum aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials — as well as the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.

  • Advanced Physical Assessment
    NR553 3 credit hours

    This course builds upon basic health assessment and guides the student to obtain a complete and accurate health assessment, including history, physical examination, and commonly used screening tools, as a foundation for advanced nursing practice with clients across the life span. The course emphasizes critical analysis and synthesis of physical exam data, relevant health history data, critical risk appraisal of the physical and mental status, assessment of nutrition, and anticipatory guidance relevant to health promotion and disease prevention. At the conclusion of the course, the student will utilize distance learning technology to demonstrate a comprehensive physical health assessment.

  • Epidemiology and Population Health
    NR514 3 credit hours

    This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the advanced nursing role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations. Applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, the student relates the basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of population health, using epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.  Disease prevention and health promotion of populations are examined through the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events, including the study of social determinants of health.

  • Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership and Advanced Nursing Role
    NR523 3 credit hours

    This course examines the healthcare system and guides students to assess and analyze the healthcare system in the context of advanced practice nursing and the role of advanced practice nurses. The student explores organizational and system science, change theories and social change theories in its application to healthcare. Healthcare leadership including theory and styles as well as contemporary approaches, ethical practice and leadership strategies are examined. Inter/intra professional communication, teamwork, consultation, diversity and collaboration are discussed as cornerstones for patient safety, optimal health outcomes and accountability in health care. The student analyzes and evaluates the intersection of current and emerging healthcare system challenges and advanced practice role dimensions. 

  • Health Policy, Advocacy and Economics in Healthcare
    NR524 3 credit hours

    This course examines healthcare delivery in the United States, to include the role of public policy, advocacy, and industry regulation. Health policy perspectives and the analytical tools to understand the national policy-making environment are integrated throughout the course. Key policy issues and core constructs for analysis include national health expenditures and cost containment strategies, patient access and health disparities, health care quality and performance improvement, and workforce policy. Health care reform, future directions and trends, and policy innovations are examined for their impact on advanced nursing practice, service delivery, and health outcomes. Health systems of other developed and developing countries are examined to gain a global perspective and appreciation for a variety of health system attributes.

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    NR533 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of quality improvement science, and its application to quality and safety in healthcare. The student examines quality improvement models in the delivery of healthcare and measures for quality improvement initiatives. Foundations of health care quality and the science underlying patient safety and quality improvement, design and select effective health care measures are explored. The course includes analysis and processes related to patient safety problems using tools such as human factors analysis and discusses systematic quality improvement approaches including the Model for Improvement (MFI) and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) models to address quality improvement challenges, and strategies to lead a culture of change.

  • Informatics & Healthcare Technologies
    NR534 3 credit hours

    This seminar reviews concepts important to implementing and sustaining effective use of technology in the clinical environment.  Security and privacy for the protection of privileged information, effective policy development, testing and implementation are examined.  Concepts of change management as well as informatics role in community/population health monitoring and management are explored.  The student studies the use of technology to generate new evidence, the potential influence of emerging technologies on clinical practice and the importance of developing a caring practice in a high technology environment.

  • Advanced Pharmacology
    NR552 3 credit hours

    This course builds on the student’s understanding of fundamental pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, and dose-response relationships and includes the study of major pharmacological classes related to common disease processes.  The course explores the major pharmacological drug classes and their application to the principles of therapeutic decision-making, including legal and ethical implications.

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
    NR548 3 credit hours

    This course examines pathophysiological processes integral to the understanding of human health conditions and disorders across the lifespan. Objective and subjective manifestations of common health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptation are assessed and analyzed. Assessment findings, diagnostic testing, and interventions for specific health problems are discussed. The etiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of disorders are reviewed within the context of age, gender, lifestyle and sociocultural determinants. Principles of pathophysiology are applied to recognize clinical signs and symptoms consistent with human health conditions. The impact of health promotion and disease prevention on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan are explored. 

  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
    NR593 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the use of the research process in developing new nursing knowledge and applying to an evidence-based practice. The student examines and develops research questions considers theoretical frameworks, methods of data collection and analysis, and the interpretation and use of study findings in providing evidence based care of individuals, families, and communities. The importance of scientific integrity and ethical standards are emphasized and ethical issues in the conduct of research are explored. The student is prepared to critically appraise and utilize research, and identify researchable problems within the context of his/her own practice.

Specialty Courses

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Mental Health
    NR592 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to mental health diagnoses and treatment across the lifespan. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology and psychopathology are examined.  The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations with mental health problems.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
    NR631 2 credit hours

    This course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical I
    NR632 2 credit hours

    This course provides the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II
    NR633 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP I, this course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical II
    NR634 2 credit hours

    This course Continues the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III
    NR635 2 credit hours

    This course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical III
    NR636 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner IV
    NR637 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP III, this course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical IV
    NR638 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better preferred

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally-accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note: All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memorandum of understanding (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Provide practicum location and contact confirmation
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Master of Science in Nursing, with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, is designed to prepare students for advanced practice. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has determined that the Norwich nursing program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure. 

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 1-877.348.8153

Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Next Start Date

Monday, December 7, 2020

Application Deadline

Monday, November 9, 2020

Contact Admissions

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

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Tuition & Fees

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Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 45
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $800

2020-21 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$800
$3,200 - $4,800
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
  • Graduation - $150/one-time
$39,525

Careers & Outcomes

As a growing number of health organizations work towards early detection and treatment of mental and neurological disorders through solutions-based therapy, the demand for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners continues to rise — along with the opportunities for nurses who are skilled in this area. In fact, the average salary for a PMHNP is $108,000, with significant increases based on years of experience and geographic location.*

Along with the higher salary, additional credentials, and increased professional respect, program graduates can experience career mobility that provides greater flexibility in the workplace. Due to the highly specialized nature of their field, PMHNP nurses are well positioned to pursue secure and fulfilling roles and are highly sought by organizations that include:

Places of work:


  • Hospitals
  • The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Admin
  • Urgent care facilities
  • State- or locally-operated health departments
  • Colleges/universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Nursing and rehabilitation centers
  • Privately-operated doctor’s offices

*PayScale