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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

“Our faculty are all working nurse practitioners. They bring to the classroom and to the students current knowledge of what is happening in each of the fields that we teach.”

- Dr. Darla Gowan

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Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University's School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals to meeting the vital needs of the global community. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

Primary Care Nursing with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization is an online program with onsite components. The focus of Psychiatric Mental Health is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice across the life-span. Opportunities for development of critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills are provided throughout the program through the guidance of student selected, university approved preceptors at clinical sites in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, and in areas of Illinois and Michigan bordering Indiana.

This online program is rapid and rigorous. While we understand the need for adults to continue working, students are encouraged to prioritize learning and professional growth.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate should be able to:

  1. Provide care for diverse populations with psychiatric mental health needs.
  2. Treat individuals with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan.
  3. Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare teams and community organizations to provide care for individuals with multiple health needs.
  4. Serve as an advocate for vulnerable populations with psychiatric mental health conditions.
  5. Address the spiritual needs of the psychiatric mental health patient/client.

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your coursework in an accelerated format
  • Cohort members provide mutual support
  • One-time registration, no more registration deadlines
  • This program has two residencies and seven workshops held onsite for clinical orientation and the Advanced and Health Assessment course
  • Faculty are experienced professionals and care about you and your academics
  • Books and materials are delivered to you and are included in the cost of the program
  • Scholarship, loan programs and financial aid may be available

Practicum

Practice is an essential component of the masters nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students accrue a minimum of 525 practicum hours, and attend an onsite course in advanced health assessment and two intensives.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.
NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU-National & Global, which includes more than 9,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or onsite at 14 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.

Not all programs are offered at all Education Centers. Some programs may only be offered online.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, www.nonpf.org.

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Psychiatric Mental Health 49 Total $683 / credit hour1

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
1 Onsite Tuition Costs.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.

 

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Preview Your Classes

PMHN-513,GNUR-501,GNUR-510,GNUR-525,GNUR-528,GNUR-530,PYC-602,PYC-614,PYC-612,PMHN-620,PMHN-652,PMHN-622,PMHN-630,PMHN-640,PMHN-650,PMHN-693

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the MS in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all masters nursing majors begins with submission of required application forms, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies. Adult Enrollment Services will receive applications. Applications will be kept on file for a period of 18 months. Acceptance into any graduate nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.

To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:

  • Interview with the committee; and/or
  • Take the GRE

Criteria for regular admission to the MSN:

1. B.S.N. or B.S. degree with a major in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). -OR- Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in nursing practice.

  • Submit a portfolio with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for

    Professional Nursing Practice. There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee.

  1. Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum

    of 30 hours was completed OR graduate-level grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from accredited program where at least 9 credits were completed.

    GPA for conditional admission: Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9-credit hours of masters nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA

    • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission

    • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.

    • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses will be denied regular admission.

  2. Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof of an active, unencumbered nursing license. Applicants with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.

  3. Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. At least one recommendation must be from a supervisor from within the last two years. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.

  4. Official transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken.

  5. At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) or the Psychiatric

    Mental Health Nursing major must have 500 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.

  6. A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the

    applicant’s expense. A second background check and drug screen will be conducted for Psychiatric Mental Health NP students prior to the first practicum experience, at the student’s expense. Admission and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.

Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain an active license in the state where clinical requirements are completed.

All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

To graduate, students must have completed the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all core, major, and clinical requirements for the specific

    program.

  2. Minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR prefix) course and “B” in each major (PYC,

    PMHN prefixed) course.

  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00

  4. The MSN degree programs must be completed within a maximum of four years from the

    date of enrollment.

  5. All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a SON course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

 Application Procedures 

  1. To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

    1. Apply online at indwes.edu.

    2. Transcripts

      U.S. Schools: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file, only those transcripts mailed directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution. Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official. If the applicant completed less than 30 credit hours at the baccalaureate degree- granting institution, all previous transcripts will be required.

      Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by- Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

    3. Recommendation Forms
      Applicants are required to submit three recommendation forms from persons familiar with your scholarship, character, and leadership. You must use the standard IWU forms found on our website.

 

 

 

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. The Family Nurse Practitioner track is primarily online. One course, GNUR-552, will meet onsite from 6 - 10 each workshop night at the location indicated on the core calendar.

Mission and Outcomes

Masters nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University provides a Christian academic environment to prepare students to become world changers. This is accomplished by transforming students through an integrated experience of advanced intellectual challenge, evidence-based professional growth and servant leadership development.

Masters Nursing Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Employ authentic transformational servant leadership to influence positive change across the health care spectrum.
  2. Utilize critical inquiry to advance the discipline and profession of nursing.
  3. Lead innovative health care solutions for diverse populations.
  4. Advocate a Christ-like perspective in professional relationships and practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the Graduate Nursing major take to complete?

A: The Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) program is approximately 2 1/2 years. The Nursing Education and Nursing Administration majors take approximately 22 months to complete.

Q: Do I need to obtain a state nursing license?

A: Students must be licensed in the state in which the practicum experience will occur.

Q: How do I find a clinical placement site?

A: Students arrange their own clinical experiences. The Division of Graduate Nursing maintains a file of clinical sites used by students.

Q: What is the difference between a physician's assistant and a nurse practitioner?

A: Nurse practitioners bring to the practice a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of one year of nursing practice, plus the graduate degree with 700 hours of advanced practicum. Upon completion of the master's degree, nurse practitioners are eligible to practice autonomously with prescriptive authority and a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician.

Physician's assistants are prepared to assess and diagnose, but are not licensed for autonomous practice, prescriptive authority, or direct reimbursement, depending on the state in which they practice.

Q: Do I have to pass a certification exam in order to practice?

A: Advanced practice laws regulating the criteria for licensure vary from state to state. Current law in Indiana does not require certification. However, those seeking to be credentialed by Medicare and approved for third-party reimbursement on certain licensure plans will find certification a requirement. Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky currently require national certification for licensure.

Q: What is prescriptive authority?

A: In Indiana, nurse practitioners who have completed a master's program that includes advanced Pharmacology, advanced Pathophysiology, and advanced Physical Assessment are eligible to apply for a license to prescribe medications, including controlled substances. Renewal of the prescriptive authority requires thirty (30) hours of continuing education contact every two years.

Q: What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?

A: Admission is granted by evaluation of undergraduate GPA, references, and writing samples. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a probationary status at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Numerous loans, grants, and scholarships are available. All applicants may seek more specific financial aid information through the Financial Aid Office.

Q: How much of the program is available online?

A:

  • Primary Care: The first year of classes meet online. Advanced Health Status Assessment is the only onsite course and is held in either the Greenwood Education Center or the Florence Education Center. Onsite classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Nursing Education: This program is 100% online.
  • Nursing Administration: This program is 100% online.

Q: Currently, I am a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in another major. What do I need to do to apply for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program?

A: Students with a non-nursing major who have a minimum of 10 years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission. These candidates must also submit a portfolio which verifies a minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice and includes a current CV/résumé with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on the nine Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing and an expanded goal statement reflecting how the applicant intends to make an impact in nursing with an M.S.N.

Faculty

The IWU Division of Graduate Nursing is designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to improving your craft as a nursing professional. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field; many currently maintain a clinical practice, conduct research, and contribute to scholarly literature. Faculty and students are encouraged to contribute to the nursing profession through lifelong learning and scholarly endeavors.

Learn more about our faculty by visiting the School of Nursing.