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College of Nursing offering psychiatric track for Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

A new advanced practice nursing specialty track will be in place later this year for students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Creighton University College of Nursing.A new advanced practice nursing specialty track will be in place later this year for students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Creighton University College of Nursing.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty track is designed to prepare nurse practitioners to meet the mental health needs of individuals, families and communities or groups, with a population focus on children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Implementing faculty from both the College of Nursing and the School of Medicine, program content includes psychiatric-mental health models of care, therapeutic modalities, pharmacotherapeutics and neuroscience.

“There is an increasing demand for practitioners in mental health across the state, especially in Nebraska’s rural areas,” said Kayla Pope, M.D., an associate professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. “We are confident this program will provide quality advanced practice nurse professionals who can step up and help the underserved when it comes to mental health care.”

Students will undertake clinical training, including precepted direct patient care with doctorally-prepared nurse practitioner faculty as well as psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists, along with learning through interprofessional simulations. Principles and practices of telemedicine will also be integrated throughout the program of study.

“Being able to call on faculty from both the College of Nursing and the School of Medicine has been essential to the design of this interprofessional program and will be key to its successful implementation,” said Katie O’Keefe, DNP, APRN-NP, an associate professor and curriculum coordinator for the nurse practitioner program. “That interprofessional experience will give students a comprehensive look at the field of psychiatry and provide them with a range of experiences in the classroom and the clinic.”

Two options exist for students to follow the track: a post-baccalaureate option for students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a post-graduate option for students who have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree. In both cases, degrees must be completed at colleges or universities accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Committee (NLN-AC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Classes will be offered in a modified distance learning environment, with full- and part-time plans of study available.

For more information on this program, contact Shannon Cox, senior admissions counselor in the College of Nursing at shannoncox@creighton.edu or 402-280-2067.

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