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    Advanced Practice Nursing Program in Psychiatric/Mental Health

    Dr. SprungPsychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

    Program Overview

    The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares nurses as expert providers of health care to patients with psychiatric or psychosocial issues across health care settings. The primary focus of the program is to prepare the graduate to promote, maintain, supervise and restore mental health, identify health risks, and assess, diagnose, and manage mental health issues. The ability to function as an educator, leader, consultant, advocate, and change agent is an essential to the development of clinical expertise in this role.

    Graduate Curriculum Objectives
    • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the provision of evidence-based, culturally relevant healthcare.
    • Incorporate knowledge from nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care across diverse populations
    • Translate relevant research to improve practice and associated health outcomes for diverse populations.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills in the provision of high quality health care and within the context of an interprofessional team.
    • Integrate current and emerging technologies into the delivery of safe, quality care.
    • Interpret the effect of legal and regulatory processes on nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and outcomes.
    • Apply ethical analysis and social responsibility to delivery of advanced nursing care across diverse populations.
    • Demonstrate cultural competence to improve patient and population outcomes.
    • Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement and life-long learning in the provision of quality health care.

    Admission Requirements
    • Completed application
    • Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing (non-nursing bachelor degrees, see Clinical Practice Portfolio below)*
    • Minimum of one year's recent relevant experience (preferred)
    • Unofficial transcripts from all college/universities attended
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • Current professional Registered Nurse license
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Three credit undergraduate course in Health Assessment (by advisement)
    • Three credit undergraduate course in Statistics (by advisement)
    • Meet all Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

    • * Clinical Practice Portfolio - Applicants to a master's program with a non-nursing bachelor's degree are required to submit a clinical practice portfolio to be evaluated for baccalaureate-level nursing competencies once they have been admitted to a program. The Clinical Practice Portfolio fee is $300. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student cannot be matriculated.
      The Clinical Practice Portfolio is only required for those applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who have been offered conditional acceptance.

    Additional Requirements Upon Admission
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Current curriculum vitae/resume
    • Evidence of meeting all Stony Brook University and School of Nursing health requirements
    • Evidence of health insurance and RN/student nurse practitioner malpractice insurance
    • Certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) with AED
    • Technical Requirements

    Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for transfer equivalency credits by an accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES)

    Graduates from this program will be eligible to apply for New York State Certification and National Certification in their Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty.

    The Stony Brook University School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation, regulatory and registration requirements.

    Meeting clinical course requirements is dependent upon the availability of appropriate clinical sites and preceptors in a student’s region. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing cannot guarantee the availability of clinical sites and preceptors or the results of clinical contract/affiliation negotiations.

    Graduation Requirements   Credits

    HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation 3
    HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies 3
    HNH 505 Health Policy and Advocacy 2

    HNG 541 Statistical Methods & Scholarly Inquiry 3
    HNG 543 Applications in Clinical Nursing Research 3

    HNG 540 Pharmacology 3
    HNG 551 Psychopharmacology 2

    Health Assessment
    HNG 515 Advanced Health Assessment 3

    HNG 588 Pathobiology 3

    Clinical Courses
    HNG 517 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I 4
    HNG 527 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II 4
    HNG 537 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing III 5
    HNG 547 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing IV 5



    Total Credits


    For more information, please contact:

    Crystal Garcia
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