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Course Requirements

Students must be admitted into the university before registering for the PMHNP program.* Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Advanced Practice Specialty Courses28 units
GNRS 533
Psychiatric Theories across the Life Span
GNRS 534
Psychiatric Assessment across the Life Span
GNRS 535
Psychiatric Interventions and Health Promotion across the Life Span
5 (3/2)
GNRS 536
Psychiatric Interventions with the Adult and Aging Client
3 (1/2)
GNRS 537
Psychiatric Interventions with the Adolescents
3 (2/1)
GNRS 538
Psychiatric Interventions with Selected Vulnerable Populations
3 (1/2)
GNRS 589
Adolescent Health Care
GNRS 593
Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
4 (2/2)

*Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program. Students who hold current California certification as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, and students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and/or national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may challenge or request waiver of the coursework required for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, as appropriate to the student’s current specialty. Petitions for challenge or waiver of courses must be initiated upon admission and approved through the School of Nursing Graduate Council. Students must show proof of current nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?
15 weeks (12 in the summer)

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students generally attend class one to two nights per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.

How soon can I finish this program?
Most students complete the program in one to two years depending on how many courses are taken each semester.

How are clinicals arranged?
The School of Nursing faculty and staff arrange clinical settings with some student input as needed.

What kind of clinical settings are available?
The School of Nursing identifies appropriate clinical settings based on the student’s specialty. Settings may include hospitals, primary care clinics, churches, and schools, to name a few.

How do I figure out my schedule?
Knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students with a comprehensive course planner to ensure course continuity throughout the program.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.