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The La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS) has recently announced a new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program. The program will begin in Summer 2019. 

Patricia Dillon, PhD, RN, and Chair of Graduate, RN to BSN, and RN to MSN Nursing Programs at La Salle University, tells, “La Salle University SONHS has a history of excellent programs and service. As our mission is to serve the underserved and vulnerable populations, we are committed to apply the same high standards to the PMHNP Program. This program will enable our graduates to provide mental health services that are so sorely needed in the communities we serve.” 

The new PMHNP Program is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students to provide a full rang of mental health services to clients across the life span. This specialty emphasizes prevention, diagnosis, and management of both acute episodic and chronic mental illnesses. Although not setting specific, clinical rotations will primarily occur in inpatient, outpatient, and community residential settings.

After graduating, students will be eligible to take the Psychiatric National Certification Exam and seek state certification and employment as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with prescriptive authority.  Graduates will make valuable mental health care providers and interdisciplinary team members who can help meet the unique needs of a vulnerable and underserved population. 

To learn more about La Salle University’s new nurse practitioner track in psychiatric mental health, visit here

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