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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Psychiatric-mental health nurses work with individuals, families, groups and communities to assess and treat mental health needs.

The PMHNP program prepares graduates to assess, diagnose and deliver care to individuals and families with psychiatric and mental health disorders. The curriculum has a lifespan focus that integrates excellence in academic preparation with the equally important development of clinical skills in diagnostic reasoning, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Recent graduates are practicing in institutions of higher education, hospital settings, community mental health centers, private practice, psychiatric home-care programs, forensic mental health programs. They are also working as members of community-based, intensive case management teams.

Preference is given to applicants with experience in a clinical psychiatric setting or a behavioral health community program.

Required courses for the program

One student's journey Heading link

Tessa Schultz, DNP ’19, reflects in words and images on how UIC Nursing’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner DNP program taught her to be a competent practitioner, advocate and innovator.

Hear Tessa in her own words

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Certification Heading link

Graduates meet requirements to sit for the national certification examination for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Cynthia Handrup, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Heading link

Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

845 S. Damen Ave., 1052 NURS, (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612

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