Nov 18, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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General Information

Graduate School Contact:
Don Rice;; 423-439-6158

Dr. Myra Clark, PhD, FNP-C, Director of Graduate Programs
207 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Box 70629

Dr. Judith Rice, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CS, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Coordinator
208 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Box 70629
(423) 439-4396

Application deadlines are as follows:

Beginning with admissions for the Summer 2018 term, the following application deadlines (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate Studies) are:

Fall Admission                   May 1

Spring Admission              September 15

Summer Admission           February 1

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration offers a Post-Master’s certificate for nurses who have completed a MSN degree in nursing. This customized special studies program provides education and clinical training in the PMHNP role. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the national certification examination.

Prospective students must submit a completed application to the School of Graduate Studies which includes official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework, a completed personal essay, a vitae/résumé, and three (3) professional letters of recommendation. GRE reports are not required. Criteria for admission includes:

A Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);

A “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the nursing major; and

Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee or compact state.

Admission to the post-master’s certificate program will be accomplished in the same manner as for the master’s nursing degree program. A minimum of nineteen (19) credit-hours is required for the certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice. Required courses for the Family, Adult, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Gerontological Nurse Practitioner post-master’s certificate include: NRSE 5009/10 Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan; NRSE 5004 Seminar in Professional Roles; two (2) or more of the specialty didactic and practica course combinations; and NRSE 5950 Internship in Advanced Nursing Practice. In addition, all nurse practitioner students will be required to take NRSE 5016 Pathophysiology for Nursing Diagnoses and Interventions, and NRSE 5018 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology, if not previously taken for academic credit. Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner students will take NRSE 5038, Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Older Adults and Family Nurse Practitioner students will take NRSE 5402  Behavioral Health Concepts for Adults. An individualized program of study will be designed for each student admitted to the master’s certificate program.

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