The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is dedicated to preparing graduate nurses for clinical practice, management, research and leadership in the advanced practice role. The rigorous curriculum stresses concepts directed toward delivering care in the federal health care system; making USU graduates uniquely qualified to provide quality care in diverse settings. The program emphasizes research and statistical methodologies enabling our students to critically analyze scientific literature, evaluate nursing outcomes and participate in research activities.
The PMHNP program is a 24-month, full-time program, which uses a life-span case study approach in the development of critical thinking skills. Our curriculum incorporates operational readiness in a changing environment with evidence-based clinical decision-making processes to optimize positive mental health outcomes. Didactic content is reinforced with clinical practice performed in military and federal clinics with experienced nurse practitioner and physician preceptors. Program faculty members are experienced Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist clinicians and educators. A master's thesis or scholarly project is required for graduation.