Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Psychiatric Mental Health - CNS and NP

All students in the Psychiatric and Mental Health (PMH) concentration gain knowledge in biological, neurological, pharmacological, and physiological domains that prepare them to conduct comprehensive assessments and utilize a range of psychobiological interventions. The PMH clinical nursing course sequence focuses on: Psychiatric assessment, triage, and crisis intervention; Biopsychological models of mental health and illness; Theory and practice with individual interest (e.g., addictions, eating and sleep disorders, gender issues, HIV/AIDS, major psychiatric illnesses, violence) and with clinical populations of interest. 
Students planning to assume psychotherapy, consultation, and liaison roles are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult or Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) examination. Students planning to assume mental health primary care roles take coursework which prepares them to take the ANCC Adult or Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) examination. Courses that lead to interdisciplinary certificates in addictions, conflict resolution, developmental disabilities, or infant mental health also may be elected.
Course Requirements: CNS Program (47 Credits)
Master's Core Courses: 13 Credits
Course Title Credits
NUR 6510 Health Systems, Health Policy, and Ethics for Advanced Practice-APN I 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Advanced Practice I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Advanced Practice II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
Cognates and Pre-Clinical Course: 16 Credits
NUR 7030 Advanced Health Assessment 4
PTH 7500 Systemic Pathophysiology 3
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NUR XXXX Complementary & Alternative Medicine Therapies: Use in Professional Nursing Practice 3
SW 6540 Effects of Drugs & Alcohol: Social & Physical Function 3
Clinical Course Sequence: 18 Credits
NUR 7840 Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals/Communities 6
NUR 7855 Advanced Practice Nursing with Groups 6
NUR 7860 Advanced Practice Nursing with Families 6
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program (CNS program above + 3 credits = 50 credits)
NUR 7990 Directed Study in Medication Management of Psychiatric Illness 3