2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

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The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who focuses clinical practice on individuals, families, or populations across the life span at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Graduates are prepared to work respectfully and collaboratively with clients/consumers who are experiencing severe or chronic mental illnesses to determine biopsychosocial healthcare needs within a complex and changing environment. Theory and clinical coursework focus on assessment; differential diagnosis and disease management; intervention planning; individual, family, and group psychotherapy; health promotion; and disease prevention.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for MSN Post-Licensure Admission

  1. Grade Point Average

    • A minimum 3.25 GPA for unconditional admission and a minimum 3.0 GPA for conditional admission

  2. Prerequisites must be completed within the last five years

    • Advanced Pathophysiology

    • Advanced Pharmacology

    • Advanced Physical Assessment

  3. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the evaluated equivalency.

  4. Active California Registered Nursing (RN) License

  5. Three Recommendations completed on forms provided

    • Must be from sources who can personally attest to the candidate’s potential for scholarly and professional success: one personal, one academic, and one employer. Family members and friends may not complete recommendations.

  6. Professional Resume that includes current practice with a minimum of two (2) years of work experience as RN for APRN concentrations (Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist).

  7. A Comprehensive essay of no more than 1000 words in APA 7th edition format that includes the following elements:

    • Purpose for entering the program

  8. Students are expected to work as a registered nurse during the program to gain clinical experience.

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