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Psychiatric Mental Health NP Major

Quick Facts

Admission Term and Enrollment Level:

  • Fall (MSN), Full-time or Part-time
  • Spring (Post-Graduate Certificate), Part-time only

Enrollment Mode: Distance-based with one-week on-campus intensives (in PMHNP courses) and synchronous didactic activities

Description

49 credit hours, including 616+ clinical hours*

Approximately 1 in 4 U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a mental illness. In turn, mental disorders are significantly comorbid with other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, adding to the complexity of caring for these individuals and the burden of illness on the patient. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) are strategically capable of providing comprehensive, integrated mental health and social care services in community-based, rural and urban health care settings. The Duke MSN Program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing to all ages, especially to those in rural and underserved areas. Intensive courses, state-of-the-art simulation techniques designed to prepare the PMHNP for telepsychiatry practices and immersion in clinical rotations maximize the learning experience and enable students to become active members of an interprofessional mental health care team.

* Based on State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice or state, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request. If you have any questions about this, please contact Ernie Rushing.

Employment Preparation

On-campus intensives and state-of-the-art simulation techniques supplement an established program designed to prepare nurse practitioners for management of patients across all psychiatric and mental health care settings. Examples of practice settings include emergency departments, inpatient hospitalist and intensive care services, residential mental health care facilities, DoD/VA facilities, Department of Corrections and substance abuse treatment facilities.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Immersion in the clinical environment maximizes the learning experience and enables students to become active members of an interprofessional health care team.
  • Experienced faculty with clinical backgrounds in various areas of pediatric, adult, veteran and military, outpatient and inpatient mental health patient care areas.
  • Certification in telepsychiatry upon completion of program.
  • Option to do certificate in veterans’ health care program. 
  • Extensive resources for instructional support, including high-fidelity simulation equipment with expert simulation instructors to guide practice, internet support and multimedia availability to promote distance-based learning.

Learn more about our curriculum and matriculation plans.

Additional Admissions Information

Work Experience

Successful students in this advanced practice program have a strong medical-surgical clinical foundation. Additionally, applicants must have at least one year of mental health, neuro or substance abuse nursing experience.

At the time of application, students must have a current BLS certificate and maintain it throughout the program of study.

Letters of Recommendation

Students are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to their preparedness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice.

Recommendations submitted by physicians, nurse managers, advanced practice nurses and other nursing leaders are required.

Certification

Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner examination for the Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan) national certification.