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Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health

Program Overview   

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is awarded to successful graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHN) concentration.  

The Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practi­tioner (PMHNP) is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in nursing who is prepared to administer advanced primary mental health care throughout a patient’s life, in accordance with ANA’s scope and standards of psychiatric and mental health nursing. The PMHNP’s role includes comprehensive physical assessment, diagnosis, and medication management, in addition to psychotherapeutic interventions. Graduate prepara­tion allows the PMHNP to expand into the use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation in his or her practice (American Nurses Credentialing Center).

PMHNP graduate students take two clinical courses covering advanced psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups, and consultation/liaison nursing as well as core nursing theory and research courses. All successful graduates of the NP option meet requirements for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The graduating student may apply for a Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) from the Ohio Board of Nursing. 

Completed admission application deadlines are as follows: July 1, 2012 for Fall Semester; Spring 2012 admission is now closed.

Graduates of the PMHNP program typically take positions in:

  • Direct care       
  • Administration
  • Education   
  • Private practice
The PMHNP program offers:         
  • Full and part-time plans of study
  • Mentoring from faculty whom are active and nationally honored researchers ·        
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for graduates during and after the program
  • Many online course offerings

Traineeships:

Program Director  

  • Wendy Lewandowski, PhD, APRN, BC (wlewando@kent.edu)
  • 330-672-8813 or 28813 on-campus dial for free  

Plans of Study  

Faculty: