The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advance practice Registered
Nurse who focuses clinical practice on individuals, families, or populations across
the life span at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders
or mental health problems. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a
specialist who provides primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health
services in a wide range of settings. This includes the assessment, diagnosis and
management of mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. Upon completion of
the program, students will be eligible to sit for the ANCC credentialing exam. After passing the ANCC credentialing exam, students will then be eligible for California
NP certification. Students in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certificate will
meet the following outcomes;
- Provide patient centered care as an Advanced Practice Nurse, recognizing the patient
or designee as a full partner in decision making. Provides holistic patient centered
care as an Advanced Practice Nurse to promote health, well-being and quality of life
across the lifespan.
- Integrate appropriate technologies to improve health care, demonstrates information
literacy skills and uses technology systems that capture data for the evaluation of
- Anticipate variations in practice and is proactive in implementing interventions to
ensure quality; applies skills in peer review to promote a culture of excellence,
and evaluates the relationship among cost, access, quality and safety.
- Integrate knowledge from the humanities and sciences within the context of nursing
science, and critically analyzes data and evidence for improving practice process
- Assume complex and advanced leadership rols, fosters collaboration with multiple stakeholders,
analyzes data for quality improvement, and advocates for improved access to quality
and cost effective health care.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the interdependence of policy and practice, advocates
for ethica policies and analyzes ethical , legal, and social factors influencing policy
- Apply knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health
care delivery, minimizes risk to patients and providers at the individual and systems
levels, and facilitates the development of health care ystems that address the needs
of culturally diverse populations, providers and other stakeholders.
- Integrate ethical principles in decision making, evaluates the ethical consequences
of decisions, and applies ethically sound solutions to complex issues related to individuals,
populations and systems of care.