Program Overview

The online MSN / Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree program from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing prepares students to provide care to those with mental health problems and mental disorders. The curriculum focuses on social and psychological development of individuals and families using assessment, diagnostic techniques, pharmacological management, and therapies for a wide spectrum of patients including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including:

  • ​Mental health clinics
  • ​Community mental health facilities
  • Private group practices
  • ​Hospital/Medical centers
  • ​Emergency and urgent mental health care facilities
  • ​Colleges of nursing

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

    Requirements

    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
    • Official transcripts
    • Proof of licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in one or more states in the United States
    • Evidence of one year of professional nursing experience preferred
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A 500-700 word essay
    • Evidence of completion of undergraduate health assessment and nursing research courses with a minimum grade of "C"
    • Evidence of completion of a graduate statistics course with a minimum grade of "B" within the last 5 years
    • An interview may be requested
    • A BSN degree

    Restrictions

    All applicants are welcome to apply to the Masters programs except those who are residents of the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Louisiana due to state authorization.

    School Overview

    Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois that is dedicated to educating compassionate and skilled nurse professionals. Saint Francis Medical Center College for Nurses is owned by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is also one of the largest Catholic health care facilities in the United States. The school had its beginning in 1905 as the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. The school was intended for “Sisters” or nuns only. In 1918, it started to admit lay students, as well. In 1950, it received accreditation of the diploma program from the National League of Nursing. From 1905 to 1987 the college graduated close to 3400 students from the diploma program. In 1985, the Department of Professional Regulations approved the addition of a baccalaureate program. Today, the school continues its history of nursing education whose mission is to provide health care to sick, poor, and injured people of the community. The mission of this institution is "to provide nursing education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level....The College serves the community by providing competent entry level and advanced practitioners responsive to the changing health needs of society and the health care system."

    Saint Francis Medical Center offers upper division undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that include a hands-on clinical practice that gives students great experience in their field. The undergraduate program prepares men and women for the practice of professional nursing. Students would receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in the graduate program can pursue either a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Master of Science in Nursing. Saint Francis offers distance learning options as well.

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