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La Salle University Announces New Nurse Practitioner Track in Psychiatric Mental Health

April 26, 2019

Responding to the mental health care needs of the community, La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS) is proud to announce the addition of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program to its Graduate Nursing Programs. The MSN PMHNP Program will begin Summer 2019. The start date for the Post-MSN PMHNP certificate program will be announced soon.

“La Salle University SONHS has a history of excellent programs and service,” says Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., RN, and Chair of Graduate, RN to BSN, and RN to MSN Nursing Programs. “As our mission is to serve the underserved and vulnerable populations, we are committed to apply the same high standards to the PMHNP Program. This program will enable our graduates to provide mental health services that are so sorely needed in the communities we serve.”

The PMHNP Program prepares nurse practitioner students to provide a full range of mental health services to clients across the life span. This specialty emphasizes prevention, diagnosis, and management of both acute episodic and chronic mental illnesses. Although not setting specific, clinical rotations will primarily occur in in-patient, outpatient, and community residential settings.

Upon graduation, students will become eligible to take the Psychiatric National Certification Exam and seek state certification and employment as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with prescriptive authority. New graduates will become valuable mental health care providers and interdisciplinary team members as well as helping to meet the unique needs of the population.

Visit the MSN program page for more information on this new track and La Salle University’s other MSN programs.


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