The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN concentration prepares students to function in the role of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings. Students who successfully complete the MSN curriculum for the nurse practitioner meet educational requirements to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification examination, and to apply for an advanced practice license.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered through an affiliation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN), and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners) in Family Health or Psychiatric/Mental Health. The program also offers a Nursing Education concentration that is designed to prepare nurses to teach in undergraduate nursing programs, and a Nursing Executive concentration to prepare nurse managers and administrators. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Prerequisites for Admission
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program
A satisfactory GRE score
A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Evidence of immunization
Completion of a physical assessment (across the lifespan) course or evidence of physical assessment skills (Required only for applicants seeking admission to the Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education concentrations.)
Completion of an undergraduate course in introductory statistics
Unencumbered Licensure as a registered nurse in Louisiana
The MSN program reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled in nursing courses to make the most effective use of the educational resources available. In the event that enrollment in these courses must be limited, students will be selected by their academic ranking based upon their cumulative GPA in graduate nursing courses.
To earn the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, the student must adhere to the following degree plan requirements:
earn a minimum of 48-51 credit hours: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration
attain a minimum of 600 precepted clinical hours
satisfactorily complete a Focused Scholarly Project or Thesis
earn no less than a "B" grade in all coursework
Note: Students who earn less than a "B" grade in a course will be required to repeat that course. A course may be repeated only once. Courses with a grade of "C" may not be applied toward the degree requirements.
* All MSN students must complete either NURS 599 - Thesis Research and Thesis OR NURS 595 - Focused Scholarly Project. Students who elect to complete a thesis must earn 6 hours of NURS 599 applicable to the total credit hours required. Students who elect to complete a focused scholarly project must earn 3 hours of NURS 595 applicable to the credit hours required.
*All MSN students must complete either NURS 599 - Thesis Research and Thesis OR NURS 595 - Focused Scholarly Project. Students who elect to complete a thesis must earn 6 hours of NURS 599 applicable to the total credit hours required. Students who elect to complete a focused scholarly project must earn 3 hours of NURS 595 applicable to the credit hours required.