The Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health health care leader.
Students of the program are equipped to provide a wide range of services to adolescents, adults, children, and their families in a primary care facility, hospital or community health center, outpatient mental health clinic, private practice, psychiatric emergency services, or skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients; treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff. The PMHNP has a focus on psychiatric diagnosis, including the differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders.
The PMHNP program at USF is a post-graduate program. Students complete much of their core DNP courses prior to starting their NP core and PMHNP role courses. Curriculum plans include options for baccalaureate (BSN-DNP PMHNP) or master’s-prepared nurses (MSN-DNP PMHNP). Course schedules are designed for both full and part-time students and are responsive to the needs of the working nurse professional. This program is delivered as hybrid format (some in-person and online coursework). Classes are held in at the Hilltop campus in San Francisco on Teaching Weekends (Friday-Saturday) twice a month, plus practica hours.
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CONCURRENT MASTER’S OPTIONS
BSN-prepared students have the option to complete a concurrent master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) or Public Health (MPH). Courses for the master’s degree are completed during the first two (2) years of the program. The MSBH is an all in-person program. Courses meet at the Hilltop campus in San Francisco up to two (2) times per week. The MSN courses are completed online. The MPH program can be completed in-person or online.
USF also offers a post-graduate APRN certificate program for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The DNP FNP program is included in the accreditation of the DNP degree program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the DNP. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination and complete an evidence-based practice project.
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