ELM-MSN: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty (PMHNP)

This specialty master’s program prepares students for roles as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for clients with psychiatric and mental health problems across the lifespan. In the program, students learn to work respectfully and collaboratively with clients/consumers who are experiencing severe or chronic mental illnesses to determine biopsychosocial health care 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. Mental health related policy, and the application of research and evidence-based practice informs the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.                                                                                           

The inherent equality and worthiness of those who are vulnerable and disenfranchised, the role of spirituality, the value of diversity, the ability to engender hope, empowerment, self-responsibility, and a meaningful role in life are threaded throughout the program. Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PMHNP certification through examination. 

Please contact the School of Nursing for specific program availability and locations.

Prelicensure coursework must be completed prior to beginning Advanced Practice Nursing coursework.

Academic Core Courses10
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS XXX Electives7
Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses14
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses29
GNRS 533Psychiatric Theories across the Life Span2
GNRS 534Integrated Psychiatric and Health Assessment across the Lifespan2
GNRS 535Psychiatric Interventions and Health Promotion across the Life Span6 (3/3)
GNRS 536Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Adults and Older Adults6 (3/3)
GNRS 537Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Children and Adolescents6 (3/3)
GNRS 538Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Selected Populations5 (2/3)
GNRS 539Psychopharmacology2
Concluding Courses1-3
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
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GNRS 598Thesis1
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GNRS 514Research Proposal Writing2
Total required for the MSN with PMHNP54-56

Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.