The master's program in psychiatric-mental health nursing prepares psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced, comprehensive care to children, adolescents, adults, and older adult clients with mental health issues and psychiatric disorders. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and become certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) as well as become licensed in New York as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP-P).
The program of study focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of psychiatric clients across the lifespan as well as mental health promotion and psychiatric disease prevention. Within the classroom and during experiential training, simulation, and supervision sessions, students are taught to perform psychiatric evaluations; determine psychiatric diagnoses; conduct individual, group, and family psychotherapy; and, prescribe and manage psychiatric medication. Mentoring is provided by licensed psychiatric clinicians at diverse practicum sites including counseling centers, private practices, psychiatric clinics, child and adolescent residential centers, substance abuse facilities, psychiatric emergency centers, and correctional facilities. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop specialty expertise in addictions, eating disorders, and trauma-focused care.
Students have exceptional opportunities to learn from experienced, nationally renowned faculty who are both academicians and practicing psychiatric nurse practitioners. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research, publish articles, speak at state and national conferences as well as serve as leaders in psychiatric nursing organizations.