The graduate program in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Northeastern University is designed to prepare nurses to provide a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in community mental health centers, residential programs, schools and outpatient practice settings.
Since students are in various stages of career development we offer specialized and flexible program options. Part-time and full-time programs are available. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and early evening hours to accommodate the multiple responsibilities of adult learners.
During the five years prior to entering our program, applicants must have successfully completed a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.
Upon completion of the Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing graduate program curriculum, graduates are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification, across the lifespan through the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nationally and regionally there exists a severe shortage of qualified mental health professionals needed to treat children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral health problems. Thanks in part to HRSA, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Graduate Nursing program at Northeastern University has enhanced our ability to prepare advanced practice registered nurses who will provide culturally competent care to vulnerable children, adolescents, and transitioning young adults at risk for, or experiencing behavioral health problems, and their families. Learn more at Northeastern PMHNP Program.
The Curriculum of the Northeastern University Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Nursing program has a lifespan focus, with core course content covering all ages.
The program emphasizes a biopsychosocial framework to develop the understanding of human development, etiology of psychiatric disorders, and treatment modalities geared towards working with individuals across the lifespan and their families. The course of study emphasizes diagnostic decision making, psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group therapies, and psychopharmacology across the lifespan. We are known for our emphasis on the needs of children and families.
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Students apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings or educational settings. Clinical practica are available across a variety of sectors of the health care system primarily in the Boston area, including private, public, and community based settings, community mental health centers, outpatient clinics, residential and public schools. Faculty advisors choose from available clinical sites that are appropriate to the learning needs and goals of each student. Northeastern University School of Nursing is committed to the unique needs of clients from diverse groups in urban and underprivileged areas.