Foundations of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Course Number: PMH 62025
5 Credits


This course introduces the student to the history and progression of mental health disorders by examining neurological, psychosocial, personality and psychopathology theories as they apply to individuals with mental disorders across the lifespan. Classroom and clinical activities provide students an opportunity to synthesize and apply psychotherapeutic theories and concepts as they develop assessment and interview skills. The introduction of standardized bio-psycho-social data collecting tools and psychiatric rating scales will provide structure for the assessment/interview process. Students will further their emersion into the development and progression of mental disorders with an overview of the classification system in the DSM-IV-TR. The culmination of these activities is designed to foster critical thinking and help students develop a broader view of mental disorder formation.