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  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    One of the most in-demand areas of advanced nursing practice, psychiatric/mental health nursing is an ever-growing field that involves providing a full spectrum of care to individuals in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and correctional settings. The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing will prepare you to not only be the best possible nurse practitioner, but also assess, diagnose and treat individuals or families with mental health problems and disorders or the potential for such disorders.

    The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track's curriculum assists students to develop skills for comprehensive physical and mental health assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions. The plan of study integrates assessment, pharmacological treatment and therapy for patients across the lifespan and includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice. Students learn skills to work collaboratively with other health-care professionals to provide mental health-care services in a variety of settings. Graduates are eligible to take the ANCC national certification exam and obtain a state advanced practiced license as a nurse practitioner.

    *This track is in transition to meet the expectations of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

    This track is offered through the Mississippi Educational Consortium for Specialized Advanced Practice Nursing (MECSAPN).

    Plans of study and course scheduling

    The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner courses are online; however, some may require intensives that meet on campus one time per semester.

    Please note: Part-time and full-time plan of study are available and are designed by faculty with individual consideration given to students' goals and geographic locations. Students will be given an individual plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment.

    Course descriptions (.pdf) 
    Full-time MSN plan of study (.pdf)
    Post-MSN plan of study (.pdf)
    Full-time RN-MSN plan of study (.pdf)

    For more information

    Please email admissioncounselor@umc.edu or call (601) 815-0124 with any additional questions.