MSN: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Major: Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 58.3810
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1123

About the Program

The online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares practitioners to provide a wide range of services to patients across the lifespan and their families. The program of study is based on a biopsychosocial model of care and includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, and theories and approaches to practice. Graduates of this program practice in a wide variety of settings as this program enables them to provide direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect (consultation, case management, and supervision) advanced practice services to individuals who are at risk and those who need mental health services. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC’s Psychiatric Mental Health Certification Examination.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On-Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. OCI visits occur 2-4 times during the clinical portion of the program and range from 2-3 days. Mandatory on-campus visits each quarter are essential to students transitioning into the NP role.

During the On-Campus Intensives, students engage in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits provide direct guidance and mentoring from faculty, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers.

 For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 52.0 quarter credits; 640 clinical hours

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Clinical Courses
NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
NURS 594PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology III5.0
NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan5.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits52.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
Elective 3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Second Year
Term 1
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 4
NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Third Year
Term 1
NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 2
NURS 594PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology III5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 3
NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 52.0
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