Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's Certificate)
The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers a 36-credit post-master's advanced certificate program to prepare nurses for roles as advanced practice registered nurses delivering psychiatric and mental health services. Psychiatric/mental health practitioners provide mental health treatment, preventive services, consultation and leadership in hospitals, clinics, community settings and private practice. Through classwork and 630 hours of supervised clinical experience, students learn to provide these services autonomously and in collaboration with other mental health professionals.
Graduates of this program meet the educational requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. They are also eligible for New York State NP certification.
Course of Study
The program includes core courses in nursing and specialization courses that combine advanced knowledge with 630 hours of supervised clinical experience. NURS 717, 750, and 751 may be waived based on prior graduate coursework.
Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog (2015-16).
Required Courses (27-36 credits)
NURS 784 Theoretical Foundations of Adv. PMH Nursing Care and Practice (1 cr.)
NURS 737 Mental Health Policy and Advocacy: The Role of the PMHNP (1 cr.)
NURS 746 Epidemiology of Behavioral Health and Community Mental Health (1 cr.)
NURS 717 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice* (3 cr.)
NURS 747 Advanced Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of the Brain (1 cr.)
NURS 751 Advanced Health Assessment* (3 cr.)
NURS 777 Advanced PMH Assessment and Intervention (3 cr.)
NURS 778 Advanced Child/Adolescent PMH Assessment and Intervention (2 cr.)
NURS 750 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics* (3 cr.)
NURS 719 Psychopharmacology (3 cr.)
NURS 748 Therapeutic Counseling Modalities (3 cr.)
NURS 779 Family & Group Theories & Therapeutic Modalities (2 cr.)
NURS 781 Comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Assessment (1 cr.)
NURS 782 Clinical Practicum in Advanced PMHNP I (4.5 cr.)
NURS 783 Clinical Practicum in Advanced PMHNP II (4.5 cr.)
*May be waived based on prior graduate coursework
How to Apply
This program is open to registered nurses who already possess a Master's degree in nursing. Review our admission requirements for all nursing master's specializations. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
For more information, please contact contact Dr. Kunsook Bernstein, PMHNP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-481-4346.