Nurses interested in helping patients with their mental health needs can pursue the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track of this online Master of Science in Nursing program. This program offered by The George Washington University provides nurses the opportunity to expand their scope of practice to include the care of individuals, families, and groups facing psychiatric and mental health issues.
The curriculum blends knowledge from nursing science, neuroscience, behavioral change theories, motivational theories, learning theories, and other psychotherapeutic frameworks. Nurses gain a holistic understanding of how to best assess, diagnose, treat, manage, and evaluate acute and chronic mental illnesses.
Coursework in this online Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program covers:
- Interprofessional collaboration
- Crisis intervention
- Trauma-informed care
- Family systems theory
- Group therapy
- Substance use and co-occurring disorders
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
The George Washington University is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- This program requires a visit to campus.