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Online MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Enroll in our mental health nurse practitioner program to become a valuable asset in a rapidly growing, high-demand industry in America.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree
Postgraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

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Change Lives with a PMHNP Certification or Degree

Graceland’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program provides benefits to both rural and urban communities in a field that is not only growing, but extremely needed in today’s world. Nearly one in five individuals in the United States has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Because of this, mental health nurse practitioner programs are crucial.

There is a severe deficit of mental health providers in the United States. More than half of the counties in the United States are without a mental health professional of any kind, leaving 111 million Americans living in areas with a shortage (US Dept. of Health and Human Services). By 2025, the projected demand will outweigh available mental health providers by 16,000 cases. 60% of currently practicing psychiatrists are over 55 years old which means as they retire the future gap of available providers will grow wider (Weiner, 2018).

A Master of Science in Nursing - PMHNP degree is a valuable asset in filling the mental healthcare gap. This type of nurse practitioner works across the lifespan with pediatric to geriatric patients providing mental health care and substance abuse treatment in all types of healthcare settings. If you're already an RN or FNP, our certification program can help you narrow your specialty and move from FNP to PMHNP fairly easily.

The psychiatric mental health field has outpaced growth among all United States occupations and is in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will expand by 35% by 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). As a high-demand field, PMHNPs will have high earning potential up to $135,000 per year.

Our online Psych NP Program is the first step in a journey to make a difference in the mental health field in this country.

Offerings
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Field of Study
Nursing
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Online Campus
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PMHNP Curriculum
  • MSN Degree – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Core Courses (22 s.h. required for all specialty tracks)

    MSN Specialty Track: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (28 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5121Theory of Nursing
      NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
      NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

      This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    • NURS5196Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5196 Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Understanding medical and mental health conditions impacting the patient across the lifespan with student performance of regular physical and mental health assessment. This course occurs prior to the start of the Practicum I course and includes a mandatory face to face focus session on the Independence, Missouri campus.

    • NURS5430Behavioral Therapy Concepts
      NURS5430 Behavioral Therapy Concepts - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce theories and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy for patients across the lifespan. It also examines the guiding principles and ethics of counseling and psychotherapy. Techniques of counseling are introduced and explored based on a wide range of theories, environments, and varying multi-cultural populations. Students will demonstrate skills learned in the didactic portion of the course while in a clinical setting in their own community, completing 150 hours of practicum experiences. Following completion of the course, students will have foundational understanding and clinical experiences of commonly utilized theories and psychotherapeutic techniques.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS5662PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles
      NURS5662 PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge and understanding of the role of the PMHNP in various practice settings. Collaboration, leadership, cultural, and spiritual competence in specific mental health population groups will be addressed. The clients’ bill of rights, informed consent, treatment options, client confidentiality, and HIPAA compliance will be covered. The role of the PMHNP including therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and assessment will be addressed. Common psychiatric illnesses will be identified and treatment explored.

    • NURS5663Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic
      NURS5663 Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic - 3 s.h.

      Advance pharmacology concepts focusing on mental health illnesses and clinical management of various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Competence in identification of psychiatric medication contraindications, interactions, adverse effects, side effects, heritability conditions, and gene to drug interactions will be emphasized.

    • NURS5664PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics)
      NURS5664 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge learned from previous courses provide the foundation of knowledge to focus on differential diagnosis and interventions for complex care of adult and geriatric patients with mental health symptoms and/or conditions. Complementary and alternative treatments will be explored. Clinical interviewing skills, health promotion, and disease prevention, mental health screening tools, psychiatric emergencies, and suicidal/homicidal ideations with risk assessment will be covered with information on how to screen, recognize, treat, and referral for various mental health conditions will be covered. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    • NURS5665PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics)
      NURS5665 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge and understanding of differential diagnoses along with treatment options to meet the needs of the pediatric patient and family. Interventions, screening, health promotion, prevention, psychiatric emergencies, and behavioral conditions for complex care of children and adolescents up to 18 years of age with a focus on mental health psychiatric symptoms and mental health conditions are covered. Evidence-based treatment on the appropriate screening tools, medications, and recommended family and developmental theories that can be used in practice. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    • NURS6841PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours)
      NURS6841 PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Focus on PMHNP in clinical practice learning to collaborate with the mental health preceptor and course instructor. Education on clinical interviewing and assessment, utilizing therapeutic mental health models and theories in practice, incorporation of mental health screening tools to assist in identification of mental health disorders. Utilizing recovery and resilience promotion, psychoeducation and therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, analyzing laboratory tests with appropriate interpretation using evidence-based practice for diagnosis and medication management of mental health conditions and medical conditions occurring simultaneously. Pre-requisite: NURS5664

    • NURS6842PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours)
      NURS6842 PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Assessment and clinical interviewing of patients and family, developing differential diagnosis selection, and final diagnosis selection based on evidence-based treatment guidelines and presenting conditions. Medication treatment with knowledge of side effects, adverse effects, screening tools, and evaluation of emergency situations. Interpretation of diagnostic lab tests and students will provide education on treatment recommendations based on results identified to the patient as indicated with preceptor supervision. Pre-requisite: NURS5665

    • NURS6843PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours)
      NURS6843 PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Building upon previous practicum experiences, the PMHNP student will continue clinical assessment and clinical interviewing of patients utilizing theories and therapy options learned while developing independence in making the best clinical decisions for the patient. Age appropriate clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, and conduction of appropriate therapy based treatments promoting education and efforts to reduce negative stigma related to mental health conditions with the goal to promote improved quality of life and daily functioning for the patient and family. Pre-requisites: NURS6841, NURS6842

    • NURS6930Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Synthesis Project
      NURS6930 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

      Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5121Theory of Nursing NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice NURS5196Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5430Behavioral Therapy Concepts NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS5662PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles NURS5663Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic NURS5664PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) NURS5665PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) NURS6841PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) NURS6842PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) NURS6843PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours) NURS6930Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Synthesis Project
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

    This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    NURS5196 Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Understanding medical and mental health conditions impacting the patient across the lifespan with student performance of regular physical and mental health assessment. This course occurs prior to the start of the Practicum I course and includes a mandatory face to face focus session on the Independence, Missouri campus.

    NURS5430 Behavioral Therapy Concepts - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce theories and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy for patients across the lifespan. It also examines the guiding principles and ethics of counseling and psychotherapy. Techniques of counseling are introduced and explored based on a wide range of theories, environments, and varying multi-cultural populations. Students will demonstrate skills learned in the didactic portion of the course while in a clinical setting in their own community, completing 150 hours of practicum experiences. Following completion of the course, students will have foundational understanding and clinical experiences of commonly utilized theories and psychotherapeutic techniques.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS5662 PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge and understanding of the role of the PMHNP in various practice settings. Collaboration, leadership, cultural, and spiritual competence in specific mental health population groups will be addressed. The clients’ bill of rights, informed consent, treatment options, client confidentiality, and HIPAA compliance will be covered. The role of the PMHNP including therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and assessment will be addressed. Common psychiatric illnesses will be identified and treatment explored.

    NURS5663 Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic - 3 s.h.

    Advance pharmacology concepts focusing on mental health illnesses and clinical management of various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Competence in identification of psychiatric medication contraindications, interactions, adverse effects, side effects, heritability conditions, and gene to drug interactions will be emphasized.

    NURS5664 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge learned from previous courses provide the foundation of knowledge to focus on differential diagnosis and interventions for complex care of adult and geriatric patients with mental health symptoms and/or conditions. Complementary and alternative treatments will be explored. Clinical interviewing skills, health promotion, and disease prevention, mental health screening tools, psychiatric emergencies, and suicidal/homicidal ideations with risk assessment will be covered with information on how to screen, recognize, treat, and referral for various mental health conditions will be covered. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    NURS5665 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge and understanding of differential diagnoses along with treatment options to meet the needs of the pediatric patient and family. Interventions, screening, health promotion, prevention, psychiatric emergencies, and behavioral conditions for complex care of children and adolescents up to 18 years of age with a focus on mental health psychiatric symptoms and mental health conditions are covered. Evidence-based treatment on the appropriate screening tools, medications, and recommended family and developmental theories that can be used in practice. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    NURS6841 PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Focus on PMHNP in clinical practice learning to collaborate with the mental health preceptor and course instructor. Education on clinical interviewing and assessment, utilizing therapeutic mental health models and theories in practice, incorporation of mental health screening tools to assist in identification of mental health disorders. Utilizing recovery and resilience promotion, psychoeducation and therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, analyzing laboratory tests with appropriate interpretation using evidence-based practice for diagnosis and medication management of mental health conditions and medical conditions occurring simultaneously. Pre-requisite: NURS5664

    NURS6842 PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Assessment and clinical interviewing of patients and family, developing differential diagnosis selection, and final diagnosis selection based on evidence-based treatment guidelines and presenting conditions. Medication treatment with knowledge of side effects, adverse effects, screening tools, and evaluation of emergency situations. Interpretation of diagnostic lab tests and students will provide education on treatment recommendations based on results identified to the patient as indicated with preceptor supervision. Pre-requisite: NURS5665

    NURS6843 PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Building upon previous practicum experiences, the PMHNP student will continue clinical assessment and clinical interviewing of patients utilizing theories and therapy options learned while developing independence in making the best clinical decisions for the patient. Age appropriate clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, and conduction of appropriate therapy based treatments promoting education and efforts to reduce negative stigma related to mental health conditions with the goal to promote improved quality of life and daily functioning for the patient and family. Pre-requisites: NURS6841, NURS6842

    NURS6930 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

    Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

  • Postgraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program

    Graceland’s certification program is currently on a “show cause” status, per the CCNE due to substandard pass rates for the certification exams. The Graceland School of Nursing is instituting several recommendations to address the pass rate issues. The program continues to hold its accreditation from the CCNE.

    Postgraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (28 s.h.) (Already FNP)

    Postgraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (45 s.h.) (Already AGACNP or Master’s Prepared)

    If a student is coming from an institution that is not CCNE or ACEN accredited, and are admitted to the program, additional course will be required. Those courses include: NURS5121 Theory in Nursing, NURS5170 Research and Evidence Based Practice, and NURS6930 Evidence Based Practice.

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5196Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5196 Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Understanding medical and mental health conditions impacting the patient across the lifespan with student performance of regular physical and mental health assessment. This course occurs prior to the start of the Practicum I course and includes a mandatory face to face focus session on the Independence, Missouri campus.

    • NURS5430Behavioral Therapy Concepts
      NURS5430 Behavioral Therapy Concepts - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce theories and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy for patients across the lifespan. It also examines the guiding principles and ethics of counseling and psychotherapy. Techniques of counseling are introduced and explored based on a wide range of theories, environments, and varying multi-cultural populations. Students will demonstrate skills learned in the didactic portion of the course while in a clinical setting in their own community, completing 150 hours of practicum experiences. Following completion of the course, students will have foundational understanding and clinical experiences of commonly utilized theories and psychotherapeutic techniques.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS5662PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles
      NURS5662 PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge and understanding of the role of the PMHNP in various practice settings. Collaboration, leadership, cultural, and spiritual competence in specific mental health population groups will be addressed. The clients’ bill of rights, informed consent, treatment options, client confidentiality, and HIPAA compliance will be covered. The role of the PMHNP including therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and assessment will be addressed. Common psychiatric illnesses will be identified and treatment explored.

    • NURS5663Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic
      NURS5663 Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic - 3 s.h.

      Advance pharmacology concepts focusing on mental health illnesses and clinical management of various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Competence in identification of psychiatric medication contraindications, interactions, adverse effects, side effects, heritability conditions, and gene to drug interactions will be emphasized.

    • NURS5664PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics)
      NURS5664 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge learned from previous courses provide the foundation of knowledge to focus on differential diagnosis and interventions for complex care of adult and geriatric patients with mental health symptoms and/or conditions. Complementary and alternative treatments will be explored. Clinical interviewing skills, health promotion, and disease prevention, mental health screening tools, psychiatric emergencies, and suicidal/homicidal ideations with risk assessment will be covered with information on how to screen, recognize, treat, and referral for various mental health conditions will be covered. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    • NURS5665PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics)
      NURS5665 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) - 3 s.h.

      Knowledge and understanding of differential diagnoses along with treatment options to meet the needs of the pediatric patient and family. Interventions, screening, health promotion, prevention, psychiatric emergencies, and behavioral conditions for complex care of children and adolescents up to 18 years of age with a focus on mental health psychiatric symptoms and mental health conditions are covered. Evidence-based treatment on the appropriate screening tools, medications, and recommended family and developmental theories that can be used in practice. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    • NURS6841PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours)
      NURS6841 PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Focus on PMHNP in clinical practice learning to collaborate with the mental health preceptor and course instructor. Education on clinical interviewing and assessment, utilizing therapeutic mental health models and theories in practice, incorporation of mental health screening tools to assist in identification of mental health disorders. Utilizing recovery and resilience promotion, psychoeducation and therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, analyzing laboratory tests with appropriate interpretation using evidence-based practice for diagnosis and medication management of mental health conditions and medical conditions occurring simultaneously. Pre-requisite: NURS5664

    • NURS6842PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours)
      NURS6842 PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Assessment and clinical interviewing of patients and family, developing differential diagnosis selection, and final diagnosis selection based on evidence-based treatment guidelines and presenting conditions. Medication treatment with knowledge of side effects, adverse effects, screening tools, and evaluation of emergency situations. Interpretation of diagnostic lab tests and students will provide education on treatment recommendations based on results identified to the patient as indicated with preceptor supervision. Pre-requisite: NURS5665

    • NURS6843PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours)
      NURS6843 PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

      Building upon previous practicum experiences, the PMHNP student will continue clinical assessment and clinical interviewing of patients utilizing theories and therapy options learned while developing independence in making the best clinical decisions for the patient. Age appropriate clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, and conduction of appropriate therapy based treatments promoting education and efforts to reduce negative stigma related to mental health conditions with the goal to promote improved quality of life and daily functioning for the patient and family. Pre-requisites: NURS6841, NURS6842

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5196Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5430Behavioral Therapy Concepts NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS5662PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles NURS5663Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic NURS5664PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) NURS5665PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) NURS6841PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) NURS6842PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) NURS6843PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours)
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5196 Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Understanding medical and mental health conditions impacting the patient across the lifespan with student performance of regular physical and mental health assessment. This course occurs prior to the start of the Practicum I course and includes a mandatory face to face focus session on the Independence, Missouri campus.

    NURS5430 Behavioral Therapy Concepts - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce theories and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy for patients across the lifespan. It also examines the guiding principles and ethics of counseling and psychotherapy. Techniques of counseling are introduced and explored based on a wide range of theories, environments, and varying multi-cultural populations. Students will demonstrate skills learned in the didactic portion of the course while in a clinical setting in their own community, completing 150 hours of practicum experiences. Following completion of the course, students will have foundational understanding and clinical experiences of commonly utilized theories and psychotherapeutic techniques.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS5662 PMHNP Foundations: Roles, Issues and Ethical/Legal Principles - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge and understanding of the role of the PMHNP in various practice settings. Collaboration, leadership, cultural, and spiritual competence in specific mental health population groups will be addressed. The clients’ bill of rights, informed consent, treatment options, client confidentiality, and HIPAA compliance will be covered. The role of the PMHNP including therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and assessment will be addressed. Common psychiatric illnesses will be identified and treatment explored.

    NURS5663 Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapeutic - 3 s.h.

    Advance pharmacology concepts focusing on mental health illnesses and clinical management of various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Competence in identification of psychiatric medication contraindications, interactions, adverse effects, side effects, heritability conditions, and gene to drug interactions will be emphasized.

    NURS5664 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management I (Adult & Geriatrics) - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge learned from previous courses provide the foundation of knowledge to focus on differential diagnosis and interventions for complex care of adult and geriatric patients with mental health symptoms and/or conditions. Complementary and alternative treatments will be explored. Clinical interviewing skills, health promotion, and disease prevention, mental health screening tools, psychiatric emergencies, and suicidal/homicidal ideations with risk assessment will be covered with information on how to screen, recognize, treat, and referral for various mental health conditions will be covered. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    NURS5665 PMHNP: Diagnosis and Management II (Pediatrics) - 3 s.h.

    Knowledge and understanding of differential diagnoses along with treatment options to meet the needs of the pediatric patient and family. Interventions, screening, health promotion, prevention, psychiatric emergencies, and behavioral conditions for complex care of children and adolescents up to 18 years of age with a focus on mental health psychiatric symptoms and mental health conditions are covered. Evidence-based treatment on the appropriate screening tools, medications, and recommended family and developmental theories that can be used in practice. Pre-Requisites: NURS5662, NURS5663

    NURS6841 PMHNP Practicum: I (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Focus on PMHNP in clinical practice learning to collaborate with the mental health preceptor and course instructor. Education on clinical interviewing and assessment, utilizing therapeutic mental health models and theories in practice, incorporation of mental health screening tools to assist in identification of mental health disorders. Utilizing recovery and resilience promotion, psychoeducation and therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, analyzing laboratory tests with appropriate interpretation using evidence-based practice for diagnosis and medication management of mental health conditions and medical conditions occurring simultaneously. Pre-requisite: NURS5664

    NURS6842 PMHNP Practicum: II (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Assessment and clinical interviewing of patients and family, developing differential diagnosis selection, and final diagnosis selection based on evidence-based treatment guidelines and presenting conditions. Medication treatment with knowledge of side effects, adverse effects, screening tools, and evaluation of emergency situations. Interpretation of diagnostic lab tests and students will provide education on treatment recommendations based on results identified to the patient as indicated with preceptor supervision. Pre-requisite: NURS5665

    NURS6843 PMHNP Practicum: FINAL (180 practice hours) - 4 s.h.

    Building upon previous practicum experiences, the PMHNP student will continue clinical assessment and clinical interviewing of patients utilizing theories and therapy options learned while developing independence in making the best clinical decisions for the patient. Age appropriate clinical assessments, treatment recommendations, and conduction of appropriate therapy based treatments promoting education and efforts to reduce negative stigma related to mental health conditions with the goal to promote improved quality of life and daily functioning for the patient and family. Pre-requisites: NURS6841, NURS6842

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PMHNP Testimonials
Graceland helped me realize my individual potential as a learner. The nursing school's faculty and administration always made me feel like they wanted me to succeed. Building on their support, I've had the confidence to apply myself and get into a competitive overseas nurse training program.
Claudia Higdon Tang '20 Healthcare Support Worker, Addenbrooke's Hospital and BMI Nursing
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PMHNP Testimonials
A Graceland instructor shared this advice and it has stuck with me throughout my career: It takes a nurse to save your life. I am the eyes at the bedside for the doctors. I assess and must have the knowledge to point out when something doesn't seem right. People come to me not feeling their best. I'm here to be a voice for them, to be an advocate for them, to get them back to feeling their best.
Krishelle Ivory, FNP '10 Nurse Practitioner, Liberty Care Center, Spira Care Nursing
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PMHNP Testimonials
The clinical training that the nursing program offered played a key role in securing professionally advancing employment right after graduation. Dr. Little-Stoetzel taught critical care nursing and I took her lessons with me all throughout my nursing career, my DNP training program, and into my career as a CRNA. I remember one night working in the ICU with a fellow Graceland graduate, and at one point in the craziness of the situation my friend and I laughed and said we would be making Dr Little-Stoetzel so proud!
Jordan Mark '14 CRNA, US Army Nursing
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PMHNP Testimonials
Graceland professors encouraged my goals, supported my work and gave me advice on projects and writing. They were always there to answer questions and guidance. I loved the atmosphere and the portability of the online portion and yet, you never felt you were alone or doing it all on your own. Great school!
Sally Herman '18 PHI Health, Flight RN Online Nursing
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NPHub Helps You Find Preceptors

Graceland has partnered with NPHub, a technology company specializing in pairing graduate nursing students with experienced preceptors for their clinical practicum placements. Through its innovative marketplace platform, NPHub considers the nature of the clinical rotation, gives you access to geographical preferences, and specific areas of interest.

Finding clinical practicum placements is one of the most challenging parts of completing your coursework. Graceland’s relationship with NPHub gives you access to clinical placements that are critical for your success.

Applying is Easy (and Free)!

Admission Requirements:

  • baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE accredited program. For students with foreign transcripts, an evaluation* is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score;
  • current license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S. and its territories;
  • grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in the BSN cumulative GPA
More admission details and graduation requirements.

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Tuition
ProgramCost
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate$830 per semester hour
Family Nurse Practitioner Program and FNP Post-Master's Certificate$830 per semester hour
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate$830 per semester hour
Graceland Alumni eligible for - 15% tuition reduction$705 per semester hour
Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate$550 per semester hour
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School of Nursing

Our nursing program offers prospective students a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level degrees. From face-to-face instruction to online learning, the Graceland School of Nursing’s outstanding faculty and staff are eager to assist you in reaching your goals, whatever they may be. Whether you are beginning a career in nursing or advancing your nursing career, we are dedicated to preparing professional nurses to meet the health care needs of our communities.

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