The College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island offers a Master of Science degree with a psychiatric-mental health nursing area of emphasis. Its purpose is to educate clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric-mental health for roles in advanced clinical practice, education, consultation, leadership, and research. This curriculum provides the educational preparation required for ANCC certification.
NUR 511 - Advanced Mental Health Nursing I (3 credits)
Investigation of theories of healthy and psychopathological patterns of individual behavior from a mental health perspective.
NUR 512 - Practicum in Advanced Mental Health Nursing I (3 credits)
Field experience to develop competence in the practice of advanced mental health nursing. Emphasis on application of relevant theories in solving individual's mental health problems.
NUR 515 - Practicum in Advanced Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
Field experience to further develop increased competence in the practice of mental health nursing intervention. Requires a summer commitment.
NUR 516 - Advanced Mental Health Nursing II (3 credits)
Theoretical analysis of current modes of advanced mental health intervention in order to explain strategies for solution of family, group, and community problems.
NUR 517 - Advanced Mental Health Nursing II (3 credits)
Field experience to develop increased competence in the practice of mental health nursing in providing client care, consultation, education and research.
NUR 503 Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills (3 credits)
Expansion of nursing assessment skills, including health history taking and physical, psychological, and social assessment skills.
NUR 519 Psychophamacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
Integration of psychopharmacotherapeutics and decision making with human pathophysiology.
PSY 601 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
An advanced consideration of physiological research on neural, endocrine, and response systems as they relate to attention, motivation, emotion, memory, and psychological disorders.
Clinical practice is available in a variety of settings - hospitals, HMO's, community mental health centers, VNAs. Clinical supervision is provided by advanced practice nurses and other professional faculty. Students care for clients with increasingly complex needs and expand their roles to include consultation, education, research and leadership as they progress in the program. The practicum experiences are planned with the student, taking into consideration the student's interests, learning needs and career goals.
The post-master's certificate option consists of courses totaling a minimum 18 credits including NUR 511, 512, 515, 516, 517, 519.
A car is necessary to reach the various clinical practice locations in the cities and rural areas. A local bus service connects the University to most major health service facilities, shopping, and service centers, but the bus routes and schedules may not always be convenient for the graduate student.
Graduate Studies Secretary
Patricia Burbank, D.N.Sc., RN
Director of Graduate Studies