Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fairfield University's Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track prepares advanced practice nurses to provide care to adults in inpatient, community-based, and private practice seetings. You'll learn to assess, diagnose, treat, and evalute outcomes for individuals suffering from a variety of mental illnesses including mood, substance abuse, anxiety, eating, and thought disorders. Psychotherapy and medication management are important components of the curriculum.
Clients range in age from adolescents to older adults and are from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Clinical practice sites span the state and provide experiences in hospitals, clinics, private practices, correctional facilities, and schools.
Alumni of our program work in:
Inpatient medical settings
Inpatient psychiatric settings
Juvenile and criminal justice settings
Community mental health centers
Residential and skilled nursing care facilities
They provide mental health care for all adult populations, including:
Integrated women's health and primary care
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam to become licensed in any state as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Facts & Figures
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999