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1 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP) (ACROSS THE LIFESPAN) The Vision of the College of Nursing is to be a force for innovation, learning and discovery in preparing culturally- proficient nurses for leadership in health for a global society. Overview Program Information In response to the growing need for Psychiatric- Mental Health clinicians in Massachusetts, nationally, and across the globe, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing is pleased to announce the opening of our new advanced practice nurse (APN) specialty: Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan). As noted in the NONPF Competencies, The PMHNP focuses on individuals across the lifespan (infancy through old age), families, and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. The PHMNP provides primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings. Primary mental health care provided by the PMHNP involves relationship- based, continuous and comprehensive services, necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance. This includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of mental health and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. (Pg. 63). mps2013.pdf The PMHNP is one of the population foci identified in the APRN Consensus Model which can be found at: https://www.ncsbn.org/consensus_model_for_aprn_regulation_july_2008.pdf. We are now accepting applications for admission for Fall This highly in demand specialty will prepare students to be eligible to sit for the new Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan board certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing offers award- winning graduate programs. This distance accessible program is offered through asynchronous delivery method of online courses with practicum experiences arranged in the students own community. All course work is offered through Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) see UMass Amherst College of Nursing DNP Program Since 2006, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst College of Nursing has offered the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level for

2 complex evidence- based nursing practice. We were early adopters of the DNP degree as well as online education and thus have now a significant history of proven quality and expertise. This professional nursing preparation includes advanced coursework in leadership, health policy, research translation and clinical knowledge and skills. Adapting to a Complex Health Care System The move in nursing to the DNP degree was driven by evolving nursing roles in an increasingly complex health care system, new scientific knowledge, and ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of nursing care. Graduates of the DNP program will practice at the highest level. Specific expected outcomes of the program are to prepare graduate nurses who will: Engage in nursing practice using the advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to improve health outcomes Provide leadership and collaborate with leaders Synthesize and translate evidence from nursing and other disciplines to manage complex health problems Provide culturally- proficient care to respond to health disparities and societal needs Core competencies essential for those preparing for direct care roles and for population- based roles build on eight essential content areas: Scientific underpinnings for practice Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement, and systems thinking Clinical scholarship and analytic methods for evidence- based practice Technology and information for the improvement and transformation of healthcare Health care policy for advocacy in health care Interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population healthcare outcomes Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation s health Advanced nursing practice for improving the delivery of patient care Post- Baccalaureate students will complete about semester credit hours in the DNP program. There is one MS level introductory statistics course pre- requisite requirement equivalent to a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. DNP Program Information Please visit our website at for more information on our College, and visit the CPE website for online learning and distant education at Apply online at: Transfer Credits

3 Students may transfer credit hours once matriculated into the program. The transfer credit policy is as follows: No more than a total of twelve (12) graduate credits may be transferred. Of these, a maximum of six (6) credits may be from any one of the following sources: Course(s) taken at another regionally- accredited college/university within the United States Course(s) taken while enrolled as a non- degree graduate student (see Non- Degree) Course(s) taken as an undergraduate student over and above requirements for the baccalaureate degree Response course(s) offered through the Division of Continuing Education Clinical Experience All students are required to secure their own clinical practicum sites and preceptors in this program. We have hired a Clinical Placement Coordinator who will assist students as needed. Practicum arrangements are made prior to beginning selected courses and must be approved by the College of Nursing faculty, the Clinical Placement Coordinator or the Program Director. These arrangements are made prior to beginning selected courses and must be approved by the College of Nursing faculty. Admission Criteria Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the University of Massachusetts Graduate School and the College of Nursing. Each applicant must be a graduate of nationally accredited school or college of nursing and hold a current professional license. Applicants must present evidence of the following: Official transcripts from colleges/universities attended Baccalaureate or master s degree in nursing, or an associate s degree in nursing and a non- Nursing baccalaureate degree Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B) or higher Two letters of recommendation Scholarly writing sample e.g., scholarly paper, publication (see application for instructions) Statement of professional goals (see application for instructions) Current Resume or CV Documentation of professional licensure and certifications Evidence of completion of undergraduate statistics and health assessment course or equivalent if required by specialty TOEFL scores where applicable DNP Core Courses All students will take core courses (foundation core and capstone courses) that include the following. In addition to the above DNP core courses, applicants will complete role courses as needed. An individually tailored plan of study will be created by transcript review after admission.

4 Foundation Core: N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing 3 N630 Research Methodology in Nursing 3 PUBHLTH 630 Principles of Epidemiology 3 N697SW Scholarly Writing 3 N735 Informatics of Nursing Practice 3 N715 Intermediate Biostatistics 3 N701 Healthcare Quality 3 SCH- MGMT 680 Organizational Behavior 3 N690E Nursing Ethics, Health Policy & Politics 3 N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems 3 N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice 3 Capstone Courses: N790G Capstone 1: Translation of Evidence- Problem Development 3 N8XX Capstone II Pract: Evidence- Based Proposal Development 2 N8XX Capstone III Pract: Evidence- Based Proposal Completion 1 N8XX Capstone IV: Role Immersion Practicum 3 N8XX Capstone V: Role Immersion Practicum 3 Currently there is one prerequisite that a student may need to complete either prior to matriculation to the program or integrated into coursework: Introductory Biostatistics, which is a MS- level pre- requisite to N715, Intermediate Biostatistics. NOTE: Additional specific PMHNP Role courses are currently being developed. Cost Information Cost per credit is variable, and may change. Registration is administered through UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education. Please see Fee Schedule at: doctor- nursing- practice. Accreditation The Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national nursing education accrediting body and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. In addition to graduation, the Board of Registration in Nursing requires that graduates sitting for the NCLEX- RN licensure exam meet standards of good moral character. For further information, see their Web site at for Rules and Regulations: Determination of Good Moral Character. Mandatory Background Checks Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks are required by many clinical agencies and will be completed by the College of Nursing on all students once they are admitted to the

5 program. Progression in the program and placements in clinical agencies may be contingent upon a satisfactory CORI investigation. Application Deadline In general, the DNP Program application deadline is December 15 each year, however, applications will be reviewed until programs reach set capacity. Summer 2014, we are accepting applications for the PMHNP program. Apply online at Financial Aid Financial aid is available in the form of graduate loans. Information is available at We have a HRSA Nursing Faculty Loan grant that also provides significant funding opportunities for our DNP students interested in working as a nursing faculty member after graduation. Additional aid opportunities include: Grants Fellowships Traineeships Assistantships Minority student assistantships Employment opportunities For Application and General Information Contact: Karen Ayotte DNP Program Office College of Nursing 022 Skinner Hall 651 North Pleasant St. Amherst, MA Phone: (413) Fax: (413) web:

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