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Waters College of Health Professions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

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The Psychiatric Mental Health Track prepares advanced practice nurses to provide pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies to meet mental health needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Special focus includes opportunities to practice in interdisciplinary settings providing behavioral health and psychiatric services.

Curriculum content includes pathophysiology and pharmacology, health assessment, biomedical ethics, health policy, and management of common primary care health concerns, providing the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice. While this is an online program, there will be 2-3 on-campus learning days each semester.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Completion of the track will allow students to take the certification exam to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). PMHNPs are advanced practice registered nurse specialists who assess and diagnose mental health conditions, and who offer treatment by means of psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic interventions. PMHNPs work in clinical settings that include private, state or Veterans Administration in-patient or outpatient psychiatric facilities, private psychiatric practices, and community mental health centers. PMHMPs also provide services in settings such as correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, residential substance abuse facilities, and schools. These practitioners are in high demand, and the University receives frequent inquires about graduates.

Why Georgia Southern?

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  • Georgia Southern University is nationally recognized as a top 100 nursing program.
  • New academic-clinical partnerships: Our partnerships with clinical agencies providing psychiatric/mental health services allow placement of students for clinical practicum.
  • Qualified preceptors: Our partnerships with professionals in the mental health field provide clinical supervision as they treat and care for the full range of PMH diagnoses and conditions in team-based care.
  • Eligible for National Certification: Each APRN graduate will be eligible to take the exam for national certification as a PMHNP across the lifespan.
  • AACN Accredited: The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

*This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,588,794 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Last updated: 10/23/2019

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