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Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate

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Carlos Urrutia
currutia@fsu.edu
(850) 644-5638

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The online Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate is a post-masters/post-DNP certification program available to certified Family/Adult Nurse Practitioner graduates who would like to gain additional knowledge in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing of family. Incoming graduate students must have the taken the following graduate level courses prior to starting the program: Advance Health Assessment, Advance Pathophysiology, and Advance Pharmacology. The certificate will allow the graduate to obtain the Psychiatric Mental Health Certification.

The program prepares students to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk.

The program has 23 graduate level credits of mental health theory and 540 hours of supervised clinical experiences in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities (individual, group and family) and encompasses treatment across the life span, from childhood through senescence. Adult NP are required to take an additional 3 hour Pediatric course. The rational for this requirement stems from the ANCC Consensus Model APRN Consensus Model and Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, Education (LACE) which has adopted a lifespan approach for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMH APRN certification, which includes preparing PMH-APRN to care for individuals, family, groups, and communities from pre-birth until death.

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

All courses are online; therefore, 100% of the instruction delivery will be asynchronously. This certificate is open to in-state and out of state residents.

Time to Completion

Four semesters

Careers

The program prepares students to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • NGR5056C Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostics (3)
    This course provides students with a knowledge base in mental health assessment of clients across the life span within the context of the advanced psychiatric mental health nursing role. Emphasis is on the acquisition and analysis of relevant data for the development of a comprehensive and holistic mental health assessment and subsequent diagnoses. Focus is on history taking, analysis, data categories, and specific techniques used to identify mental health problems and differential diagnoses in clients across the life span.
  • NGR5503 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy (3)
    Moreover, emphasis is given to promoting, maintaining, and restoring wellness to clients of all ages. Holistic therapeutic approaches are used to enhance the functioning of diverse individuals across the lifespan.
  • NGR5503L Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy Clinical Lab (3)
    This course provides clinical experiences in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of clients across the lifespan who are experiencing acute and/or chronic psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on evidenced-based practice and the utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for assessing, planning, and treating major psychiatric disorders. Moreover, emphasis is given to promoting, maintaining, and restoring wellness to individual clients of all ages. Holistic therapeutic approaches are used to enhance the functioning of diverse individuals across the lifespan.
  • NGR5504L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practicum (5)
    This course provides an opportunity to synthesize advanced knowledge and role behaviors in an advanced practice role within clinical specialty tracks. Student are under the supervision of faculty with agency preceptors in an appropriate facility or institution. With faculty guidance, students develop a practicum plan based on course objectives to include specific objectives, learning activities, and evaluation methods.
  • NGR5508 Psychiatric/Mental Health Ns. Practitioner II: Family & Group Psychotherapy (3)
    This course provides the PMHNP student with advanced knowledge in group psychotherapy techniques that are applicable across the lifespan. This course focuses on the theoretical and conceptual models of group dynamics and utilizes evidence-based practices in assessing, planning, treating, and evaluating dysfunctional patterns in groups. Additionally, this course promotes and maintains effective and therapeutic communication patterns in a variety of groups settings.
  • NGR5508L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse. Practitioner II: Family & Group Psychotherapy Lab (3)
    This course provides clinical experiences in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of clients across the lifespan who are experiencing acute and/or chronic psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on evidenced-based practice and the utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for assessing, planning, and treating major psychiatric disorders.
  • NGR5538 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (3)
    This course provides a review of common psychoactive medications, classes, uses, effects, side effects, and prescriptive implications related to nursing care of clients with psychiatric mental health illness, including children, adolescents, and adults. Content is presented in relation to the role of psychiatric mental health nurse who functions in an advanced role in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on the selection and use of psychoactive medications to help reduce emotional pain and increase personal autonomy of patients suffering from mental illness. An additional focus is to increase cultural competence by understanding the impact of psychoactive medications on the client, family, and community.

Total Credit Hours

23

Prerequisites

The following requirements for non-degree seeking psychiatric mental health certificate program (note that these are minimum requirements to be considered for admission)

  1. Possess a Masters of Science in Nursing or Doctorate of Nursing Practice for Family or Adult Nurse Practitioner from a nationally accredited program
  2. Official graduate transcript with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  3. Resume or CV
  4. 2 letters of recommendation
  5. Graduate level courses of at least 3 credits each in: Advance Pharmacology, Advance Health Assessment, and Advance Pathophysiology
  6. Unencumbered ARNP License
  7. Be a certified Family or Adult Nurse Practitioner

Program Requirements

A certificate student must maintain a cumulative grade point of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses. No course hours with a grade below "C" will be credited for this certificate. All clinical practica/labs must be completed with a Satisfactory.

The entering graduate student must have the following graduate level courses prior to starting the program: Advanced Health Assessment, Advance Pathophysiology, and Advance Pharmacology.

Semester 1: (6 semester hours and 45 clinical hours) Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostics (3 SH and 45 clinical hours) Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Nursing (3 SH)

Semester 2: (6 semester hours and 135 clinical hours) Psychiatric/MH Nurse Practitioner 1: Individual Psychotherapy (3 credit hours) Psychiatric/MH NP I Lab: Individual Psychotherapy (3) (135 clinical hours)

Semester 3: (6 semester hours and 135 clinical hours) Psychiatric/MH Nurse Practitioner 1I: Family and Group Psychotherapy (3) Psychiatric/MH NP II Lab: Family and Group Psychotherapy (3) (135 Clinical hours)

Semester 4: (5 semester hours and 225 clinical hours) Practicum - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (5 credit-225 clinical hours)

Total of 23 Credit hours and 540 clinical hours

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • NGR5003L Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Practitioners (2)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on the diagnostic reasoning process as it relates to building a clinical database.
  • NGR5056C Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostics (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission into the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing certificate program.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides students with a knowledge base in mental health assessment of clients across the life span within the context of the advanced psychiatric mental health nursing role. Emphasis is on the acquisition and analysis of relevant data for the development of a comprehensive and holistic mental health assessment and subsequent diagnoses. Focus is on history taking, analysis, data categories, and specific techniques used to identify mental health problems and differential diagnoses in clients across the life span.
  • NGR5503 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (2)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on history taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, diagnostic and radiographic modalities, and documentation for advanced assessment. The diagnostic reasoning process is developed as it relates to building a clinical database.
  • NGR5504L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practicum (5)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an opportunity to synthesize advanced knowledge and role behaviors in an advanced practice role within clinical specialty tracks. Student are under the supervision of faculty with agency preceptors in an appropriate facility or institution. With faculty guidance, students develop a practicum plan based on course objectives to include specific objectives, learning activities, and evaluation methods.
  • NGR5538 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (3)
    Prerequisite: NGR5172.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides a review of common psychoactive medications, classes, uses, effects, side effects, and prescriptive implications related to nursing care of clients with psychiatric mental health illness, including children, adolescents, and adults. Content is presented in relation to the role of psychiatric mental health nurse who functions in an advanced role in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on the selection and use of psychoactive medications to help reduce emotional pain and increase personal autonomy of patients suffering from mental illness. An additional focus is to increase cultural competence by understanding the impact of psychoactive medications on the client, family, and community.


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