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The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses at the master’s level as an advanced practice nurse. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners work interdependently with other health professionals to provide primary mental health care to patients of all ages in communities. 

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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Overview

 
The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 44 total credit hours, 32 didactic and 12 clinical, with 600 total hours of direct patient care.  Three specialty courses provide students with a strong advanced primary care base for caring for patients with common psychiatric/mental health problems. Clinical experiences in a variety of primary care and specialty clinic settings offer extensive preparation for the advanced practice role. Students who start course work in the summer semester will take seven semesters to complete the program. Students starting in the fall semester will take six semesters to complete the program.

 

Orientation and Intensives

 
Students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham, Ala., for orientation and three multiday intensives.

 

Certification and Licensure

 

Once students successfully complete the program, they are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are able to apply to take the national certification exam for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.


Doctoral Education

 

A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.


For more information:

Simone Durand, MSN, MS, CRNP, LPT, PMHNP-BC
Specialty Track Coordinator
205-975-6887 | sidu6262@uab.edu

 

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The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).