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  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

    The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate is designed for those who have earned a Master’s degree in nursing and seek nurse practitioner certification, or for certified nurse practitioners who would like to specify their patient population focus.

    A biopsychosocial model is used to examine issues relevant to adult mental health and illness, and prepare you to provide a wide range of mental health services across the lifespan. It includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice. You'll learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services in all settings. Upon graduation, you'll be able to deliver direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect advanced practice services (consultation, case management and supervision) to individuals who are at risk for and/or require mental health services.

    Spring 2020 Admission

    If you are a current Nurse Practitioner who has worked in another scope of practice or previously taken all of the 3Ps courses (Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning), you are welcome to apply for a Spring 2020 term start instead of Fall 2020. The Spring Term begins on March 30, 2020.

    Program Features

    • Consistently ranked among the best online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages
    • Upon completion of the program, you will become eligible for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC
    • The post-graduate APRN certificate at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    On-Campus Requirements

    This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment. Because you're being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident and advanced nurse practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and a clinical practicum rotation.** The on-campus visits include:

    • NURS 592 PMHNP I - Summer Residency (3 days)
    • NURS 593 PMHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 594 PMHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience (2 days)
    • NURS 595 PMHNP IV - Spring Residency (3 days)

    During the mandatory On-Campus Intensive, you'll participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing you with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with peers. Pennsylvania RN licensure will be required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

    Clinicals

    The nurse practitioner programs in the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at Drexel University provide you the flexibility of finding and coordinating your own clinical site and preceptor. The department also offers resources to assist you in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state, and you may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours.

    For questions, please contact:

    Courtney Kaiser, M.S.
    Phone: 267.359.5646
    Fax: 267.359.5723
    cak367@drexel.edu


    *Online Nurse Practitioner programs are offered only on a part-time basis.
    *State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    *The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Support Courses  
    NURS 548 Advanced Pathophysiology 3.0
    NURS 549 Advanced Pharmacology 3.0
    NURS 550 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
    NURS 664 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 1.0
    Concentration Courses  
    NURS 555 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3.0
    NURS 592 PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health NP Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I 5.0
    NURS 593 PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health NP Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II 5.0
    NURS 594 PMHNP III: Advanced Mental Health NP Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology III 5.0
    NURS 595 PMHNP IV: Advanced Mental Health NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan. 5.0
    Total Credits 34.0

    View a Sample Plan of Study [PDF]
    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • Master of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. 
    • GPA of 3.0 or above  
    • Current, unrestricted United States RN license
    • Minimum 1 year of psychiatric nursing experience

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Spring 2020 Admission

    If you are a current Nurse Practitioner who has worked in another scope of practice or previously taken all of the 3Ps courses (Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning), you are welcome to apply for a Spring 2020 term start instead of Fall 2020. The Spring Term begins on March 30, 2020.

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $997 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1107 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

     

    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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