Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice

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Options: Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Specialist (CNS), Nurse Educator (NEd), or Nurse Administrator/Executive (NAdmin)

Purpose

  • Advance your career and meet the demands of the expanding role of the psychiatric-mental health nursing advanced practice clinical specialist/nurse practitioner in the changing mental health care system, or
  • implement the role of nurse educator in staff development of the health care system or in nursing schools, or 
  • implement the role of nurse administrator/executive in middle management or at the executive level.
  • Assume practice, educator, or administrator key roles in meeting the mental health care needs of all ages, in terms of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention and treatment.
  • Receive quality academic and clinical study with a teaching approach adaptable to individual student needs.
  • Gain necessary knowledge and skills to practice and develop expertise as a specialist/nurse practitioner in psychiatric-mental health nursing and/or focus in one of the psychiatric subspecialties: listed under "Clinical Practica", or develop expertise as a psychiatric-mental health nurse educator, or develop expertise as a nurse administrator/executive.

Certification and Accreditation - Eligible for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nurse practitioner and/or clinical specialist.

Program Requirements

  • Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist option - 47 credits with approximately 560 clinical hours.
  • Nurse Educator option - 42 credits with approximately 40 clinical hours and
    60 teaching hours.
  • Nurse Administrator/Executive option – 39 credits with approximately
    160 administration hours.
  • Grounded in a biological/environmental framework with a theoretical base of neurobiology and human behavior, as well as pathophysiology and pharmacology for nurse practitioner and clinical specialist option.
  • Skill development in health assessment, comprehensive psychiatric assessment, diagnostic formulation, psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions, and program planning and development.
  • Psychotherapeutic processes including individual, group, and family therapy; crisis intervention; and psychoeducation.
  • Theory and skill development in nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, educator or administrator/executive roles.

Individualized Program Planning

  • Program is two years of full-time study or up to seven years part-time.  Traineeships available for full-time study.
  • Working students, full-time or part-time students, and commuters from long distances find courses conveniently scheduled.
  • Courses offered on a consistent schedule during the day or evenings on a weekly or every other week basis.
  • With planning it is possible to take two (six credits) or three courses (nine credits) on one day.

Clinical Practica

  • Linkages with a variety of quality mental health facilities in the Capital District region and environs.
  • Arranged on-site supervision by agency preceptors who are Master's prepared and have prescriptive privileges.
  • Practica include experience in one or more from each of the following groupings, but need not be limited to: Age groups (children, adolescent, adult, geriatric); service delivery (prevention, emergency, in-patient, out-patient, rehabilitation, consultation); target population (acute or chronically mentally ill, physically impaired, substance abusers, dual diagnosed, victims of violence.
  • Opportunities to provide case management; conduct and develop education or other programs; supervise support service staff; provide consultation in nursing homes, school system, criminal justice arena, and/or medical-surgical in-patient.
  • Students may plan clinical practica in their home geographical location, provided on-site preceptors are qualified.

Post-Master's Certificate is available for Psychiatric Mental Health Options

Programs of Study: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice
Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Specialist (CNS) - 47 credits (16 courses), Nurse Educator (NEd) - 42 credits (14 courses), and Nurse Administrator/Executive (NAdmin) - 39 credits (13 Courses)

Core Courses (9 Credits) -- * Course should be taken early in program

*Nursing 558 – Paradigms and Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs),  Fall (F), Spring (S), & check course offering for Summer Session III (SS)

*Nursing 559 - Nursing in a Sociopolitical Environment (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)
F & S, and check course offering for SS III

Nursing 649 - Transforming Advanced Practice Roles (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs),
F & SS III, Pre-req: NSG 558, NSG 559, and 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours).

Research Courses (6 Credits)

Nursing 508 - Nursing Research Methods (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), F & S,
Pre-req: Statistics, Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Nursing 611 - Research Seminar (3 crs.), F & S, Pre-req: NSG 508

Cognate Courses (6 Credits)

*Biology 560 - Adv Human Pathophysiology (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), F & S
(Pre-req for NSG 619, 622), (not required for NEd or NAdmin)

*Biology 584 - Neurobiology (3 crs.), F only, (not required for NAdmin)

Supporting Courses (4 Credits) – Required for CNS & NP only

Nursing 622 - Advanced Pharmacology in Acute & Chronic Care -
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), S only, Pre-req: BIO 560/BIO 553, 584

Nursing 624 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (2 crs. Theory - 25 hrs.), S only,
Pre/co-req: NSG 622

Clinical Courses (12 Credits -- Pre or Co-Requisite Course -- NSG 558)

*Nursing 606 - Practice Models in Counseling and/or Psychotherapy for Nurses 
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), F only

Nursing 610 - Family Processes (3 crs. = Theory – 2 crs. - 25 hrs;
Clinical – 1 cr. - 40 hrs), S only, (not required for NAdmin)

Nursing 615 - Diagnostic Mental Health Assessments and Interventions
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), S only, Pre/co-req: NSG 558, 606

Nursing 557 - Group Process in Health Care (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), S only

Functional Role Courses

Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nursing 619 - Diagnostic Health Assessment (3 crs. = 1.5 crs. – Theory - 19.5 hrs;  Clinical – 1.5 crs. - 40 hrs), F only, Pre-req: BIO 560/BIO 553 & 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours). 
(Successful completion of a Health Assessment Examination is required for entry into Nsg 619 (fee).

Nursing 647 - PMH Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Internship - 2 crs.- 240 hrs), F only, Pre-Req: NSG  606, 610, 615, 619, 622, 624

Nursing 650 - PMH Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr.- 12.5 hrs; Internship - 2 cr. - 240 hrs), S only, Pre-Req: NSG  606, 610, 615, 619;
Pre/co-req: NSG 622, 624

Educator Role

Nursing 662 – Nurse Educator Role I:  Facilitating Learning (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs),
F only

Nursing 663 – Nurse Educator Role II: Transformational Leadership
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), S only, Pre-requisite: Nsg 662

Nursing 605 - Nursing Educator Practicum
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. - 19 hrs; Practicum - 1.5 crs. - 60 hrs), F only,
Pre/co-req: NSG 662, 663 

Nursing 617 – Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
(3 crs. = Theory - 1 cr. - 12.5 hrs; Internship - 2 crs. - 80 hrs or 240 hrs if taking ANCC clinical specialist certification exam), F only, Pre-req: Completion of NSG 606, 610, 615.

Administrator/Executive

**Nursing 652/PAD-HSA 558/HSA 565  - Clinical Delivery Systems: Operations and Finance (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs).

Nursing 653/617 - Practicum I Clinical Delivery Systems
(3 crs. = Theory-1 cr.-12.5 hrs; Practicum-2 crs. - 80 hrs), F only.

Nursing 654/616 - Practicum II Clinical Delivery Systems
(3 crs. =Theory-1 cr.-12.5 hrs; Practicum-2 crs. - 80 hrs), S only.

Electives: (6 crs.) 3 credits Nursing, 3 credits may be other field.

**Sage’s PAD/HSA 558 or HSA 565 can be substituted for Nsg 652 if taken prior to the beginning of this track.  Computer skills needed (Excel background and ability to manipulate Excel in budgeting).