Garden City, NY - August 2, 2017 - Adelphi University continues to be at the forefront of launching new programs for high needs areas of healthcare. New programs approved for the 2018 spring semester include an M.S. in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).
The M.S. in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to educate nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level as advanced practice nurses to provide primary psychiatric and mental health care across the lifespan (child-adolescence through geriatric). Students will work directly with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients experiencing psychiatric problems through required clinical practice and take core courses including pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment and pharmacology.
“There are a significant number of individuals in our country with mental health problems requiring treatment,” said Jane White, Ph.D.FAAN, associate dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health. “With the current substance use disorder problem and its national focus and funding for prevention and treatment, even more individuals will need treatment.”
“However, at the same time, there has been a decrease in the number of psychiatrists who treat these disorders especially by prescribing appropriate medications,” Dr. White added. “Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are prepared to assess and treat these patients with counseling and medication and can fill in this gap of needed practitioners. Unfortunately in New York State there are presently only 1,200 licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.”
Adelphi’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) post-M.S. certificate program will educate nurses who have an M.S. degree and are NPs in another specialty to provide primary psychiatric and mental health care across the lifespan (child-adolescence through geriatric) and will allow those practitioners with an M.S, who are certified in another specialty, to expand their care to a wider population of clients. Students in the MS and post MS programs will be prepared to assess, plan and manage clients and families with psychiatric diagnoses, providing psychopharmacology, counseling and therapy interventions.
Adelphi’s newest Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner D.N.P. program, prepares nurses to be comprehensive care practitioners who provide fully accountable and continuous care and includes the entire spectrum of adults including young adults, adults and older adults to patients across settings and during transitions. Students will be able to hone their skills in the clinical simulation laboratory with the latest education technology in Adelphi’s new Nexus Building, while learning side-by-side with their nurse practitioner faculty. Students can enter either at a post baccalaureate level or an advanced standing level with an MS degree as a nurse practitioner.
“There is currently in NY a need for more primary care providers. Fewer physicians are choosing primary care as a specialty or career track,” said Dr. White. “The doctorally- prepared nurse practitioner is able to assess and treat individuals in primary care settings alongside physicians or in some settings autonomously. As the population ages and is faced with chronic illnesses, more primary care providers are and will continue to be needed.”
Find more information about these programs at: http://nursing.adelphi.edu/academics/nursing-programs/.
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