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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary mental health care providers for individuals and families, with a focus on mental health care through the lifespan. Graduates of this program are prepared to become licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with specialization as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Texas Board of Nursing, and to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lynda Jarrell, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor Clinical, College of Nursing

This program provides you a background to:

  • Apply neurobiological and psychosocial theories and use pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies in the provision of mental health care.
  • Assume responsibility as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to provide compassionate and collaborative mental health care for clients and families.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise in health promotion, illness prevention, and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.
  • Use research to explore outcomes of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice.

Course List

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Course List
Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
Total Semester Credit Hours: 46
Total Clinical Hours: 720
NURS 5327 Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. Previously NURS 5301. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project. Previously NURS 5328. Yes:
NURS 5366 and 5327
3 / 0
NURS 5315 Advanced Pathophysiology This course focuses on developing an advance knowledge base of pathophysiology across lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5334 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5418 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program standing
4 / 90-Lab
NURS 5350 Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5210 Neuroscientific Basis in Psychiatry and Mental Health Course provides scientific foundation of neurobiology for various psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across lifespan. Analysis of relationships between neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and genetics for various psychiatric disorders and mental health problems will be provided. Yes:
NURS 5315, 5418, 5350 or Cert. Program Standing
2 / 0
NURS 5211 Diagnostic Principles in Psychiatry and Mental Health This course provides the scientific foundations of diagnostics for various psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315, NURS 5210 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
2 / 0
NURS 5212 Therapy concepts for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner This course provides evidenced based practice principles of non- pharmacological individual, family and group therapies for psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315, NURS 5210, NURS 5211 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
2 / 0
NURS 5322 Child, Adolescent and Geriatric Psychiatric Mental Health for the Psychiatric NP This course provides the scientific foundations and evidenced based practice principles necessary for managing children, adolescents, and geriatric populations with (and/or at risk for) various commonly-occurring and complex psychiatric disorders and mental health problems and comorbid medical illnesses. Yes:
NURS 5210 and NURS 5211. NURS 5212 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5323 Adult Psychiatric Mental Health for the Psychiatric Mental Health NP This course provides the scientific foundations and evidence based practice principles necessary for managing adults with (and/or at risk) for commonly occurring and complex psychiatric disorders and mental health problems as well as co-morbid medical illnesses. Yes:
NURS 5210 and NURS 5211. NURS 5212 or concurrent enrollment; NURS 5322 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5324 Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice I This course provides application of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to patients with commonly occurring psychiatric and mental health disorders across the life span in the context of advanced nursing practice. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5323 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
3 / 180
NURS 5325 Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice II This course provides application of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to patients with various commonly occurring and complex psychiatric and mental health disorders across the life span in the context of advanced nursing practice. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5322 and NURS 5323. NURS 5324 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
3 / 180
NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Yes:
All courses for major. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
6 / 360