This post-master’s certificate program is designed for the primary or acute care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or the nurse with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. The aim of the program is to prepare advanced practice nurses to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, prescribing psychiatric medications and clinical management needed to treat underserved patients with mental illness and chronic medical comorbidities. A secondary aim is to provide psychiatric CNSs or NPs with a specialty in adult or child with the knowledge and skill to treat persons across the lifespan.
The course of study is individualized for each student dependent on previous master’s level coursework. There are pre-requisite requirements for this program.
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Graduates are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification upon completion. This exam tests knowledge and skill related to psychiatric advanced practice across the lifespan. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses have many career opportunities. A few of the places they may work include settings such as acute care, outpatient clinics, schools, prisons, health homes and behavioral health homes, long term care, and private practice. They do assessments and provide treatment, including therapy and medication prescription and management.
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Diana McIntosh, Ph.D., APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program at the College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati.