Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Specialty

A Lifespan Approach

The psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specialty prepares students for advanced practice in the provision of psychiatric–mental health services to individuals across the lifespan and their family members in a variety of settings and roles. Application of classic theories, research evidence, and a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural approach to clinical management application provides a comprehensive framework to care that also emphasizes health promotion and risk prevention.

Clinical practice takes place across a variety of health care systems including acute emergency psychiatric services, community mental health centers, office-based and private practice, home-based care, integrated psychiatric and primary care, substance abuse and forensic sites, and acute and long-term care facilities.  Clinical experiences, required and elective courses provided opportunities to meet all psychiatric-mental health population competencies required by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 

Certification

The PMHNP program curriculum prepares students to be eligible for certification as a psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner with a lifespan focus through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Accreditation

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program of study is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),  CCNE of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530; Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (202) 463-6930; Fax: (202) 785-8320; website,  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Faculty Practice

All faculty are in active clinical practice in a variety of settings across the lifespan including federally qualified health centers, community mental health centers, and private practice.

Meet Specialty Leader


Joanne DeSanto Iennaco PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Coordinator (Full bio.)