M.S. in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track
Fairfield University's Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track prepares nurses to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam so licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse can be obtained. Students learn to assess, diagnose, provide primary mental health care, and evaluate outcomes for people of all ages from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups suffering from a variety of mental illnesses including mood, substance abuse, anxiety, trauma, eating and thought disorders. Care is provided for all populations including children, adolescents, veterans, geriatric, and those with medical illness and chronic pain. Individual, group and family therapy as well as medication management are important components of the curriculum.
Clinical practice sites span the state and provide experiences in community mental health clinics, private practices, hospital emergency rooms, palliative care, extended care, home care, integrated behavioral care settings, and college health centers.
Alumni of our program work in:
- Private practice
- Home care
- Inpatient medical settings
- Palliative care settings
- Inpatient psychiatric settings
- Juvenile and criminal justice settings
- Partial hospitals
- Emergency rooms
- Integrated behavioral care clinics
- Community mental health centers
- Residential and skilled nursing care facilities
- Managed care
- Specialty practices such as neurofeedback, infertility, mindful meditation groups, psychopharmacology, psycho-oncology, pain management, and trauma
We invite you to learn more about the program and its admission requirements, courses, and faculty. Have more questions? Read our FAQs or contact us. We hope you'll find the program challenges you intellectually and enriches your life.