Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Put your passion to help children, youth, adults and the elderly to use by pursuing your MSN in Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. This program prepares graduates to serve as psychiatric nurse practitioners. The curriculum will prepare you to address more efficiently the often unmet psychiatric mental health and substance use/abuse needs of people of all ages.

Pursue Diverse Career Options

Advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioners can practice in a multitude of environments, including community mental health clinics; hospitals systems; private physician offices; prison systems; military bases and Veterans Affairs Hospitals; treatment facilities; and psychiatric mental health community centers.

Serve the Family in All Its Forms

Graduates will be able to more effectively treat a wider variety of patients from a range of families, including military families, blended families, single­-parent families, families of choice, migrant and immigrant families, and foster families.

Flexible Course Schedule

The Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing major requires 45 credit hours of coursework and 720 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within four semesters. In addition to the intensive courses and NP core classes requirements for class meetings on campus, the remainder of the classes are web-based and as an intensive on-campus format.

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Sample Full-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 473 Advanced Psychopathology Across the Age Span (Ages 0­-17) 2
NURS 475 General Systems Theory Foundations for Practice 2
NURS 476 Advanced Practice Seminar Blended Role 1
  Semester Total 11

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
NURS 459 Integrated Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 465 Psychopharmacology 2
NURS 474 Advanced Psychopathology Across the Age Span (18­-65+) 2
NURS 481 Family Systems A: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 482 Family Systems B: Integration and Application 1
  Semester Total 16

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: Research Process 3
NURS 484 Individual and Group Modalities for Family Systems Practice 3
NURS 485 Practicum and Supervision: Individual and Group 2
  Semester Total 8

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidence Based Practice 2
NURS 486 Modalities for Family Systems Practice: Vulnerable Families 3
NURS 488 Theory for Practice: Supervision, Consultation and Education 3
NURS 489 Practicum and Supervision: Role of Family Systems Integration 3
  Semester Total 11

Program Total: 45

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUND 507 Management in Advanced Practice (elective) 3

Overall Total Hours: 45-­48

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co­requisites or prerequisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment. Clinical practicum courses will include a minimum of one clinical experience in the care of child/adolescents, one in the care of adults and one in the care of older adults.

Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 473 Advanced Psychopathology Across the Age Span (Ages 0-­17) 2
NURS 475 General Systems Theory Foundations for Practice 2
NURS 476 Advanced Practice Seminar Blended Role 1
  Semester Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 459 Integrated Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 465 Psychopharmacology 2
NURS 474 Advanced Psychopathology Across the Age Span (18-­65+) 2
NURS 481 Family Systems A: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 482 Family Systems B: Integration + Application 1
  Semester Total 13

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: Research Process 3
NURS 484 Individual and Group Modalities for Family Systems Practice 3
NURS 485 Practicum and Supervision: Individual and Group 2
  Semester Total 8

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidence Based Practice 2
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NURS 486 Modalities for Family Systems Practice: Vulnerable Families 3
NURS 488 Theory for Practice: Supervision, Consultation + Education 3
NURS 489 Practicum + Supervision: Role of Family Systems Integration 3
  Semester Total 12

Overall Total Hours: 45-­48

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUND 507 Management in Advanced Practice (elective) 3