USF SONHP Preceptor Portal: Curriculum Overview

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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The USF Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program offers two (2) nurse practitioner (NP program) role preparations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The NP program prepares graduates to function as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) within the Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) role, with a Family/Individual Across the Lifespan focus or Psychiatric Mental Health focus as outlined by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Model (APRN Joint Dialogue Group Report, 2008). The USF NP program curriculum conforms to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner NP core competencies and the population focus competencies (NONPF, 2013). NP students may complete both the FNP and PMHNP tracts sequentially but not concurrently.

With the completion of the DNP degree, the USF NP graduate is also prepared to assume an interprofessional leadership role to improve the delivery of evidence-based primary care services for diverse populations aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006).

In addition to the DNP Program Learning Outcomes outlined in the DNP Program Student Handbook, upon completion of the NP program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as a licensed and nationally certified nurse practitioner capable of providing the full spectrum of primary care services or psychiatric mental health services for individuals and families across the lifespan.
  2. Critically analyze the best available evidence and theoretical knowledge from the sciences and humanities to improve the delivery of quality, patient-centered, primary care or psychiatric mental health services for diverse populations.
  3. Apply knowledge of complex systems to an inter-professional leadership role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of primary care or psychiatric mental health services for diverse population.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate doctoral scholarship and leadership skills in the delivery of care.

Family Nurse Practitioner Course Progression
Nurse Practitioner Program - Core Course Progression
Family Nurse Practitioner Course Progression

  Course Credits Hours
NURS 706 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 0
NURS 707 Advanced Drug Therapy 3 0
NURS 7100 Professional Roles for the Nurse Practitioner 2 0
NURS 7210 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for the Advanced Practice Nurse 4 0
NURS 7220 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion Practicum 2/3 90/135
NURS 7230 Management for Acute and Common Conditions for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 0
NURS 7240 Management for Acute and Common Conditions for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum 3/4 135/180
NURS 7250 Reproductive and Child Health for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 0
NURS 7260 Reproductive and Child Health for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum 3/4 135/180
NURS 7270 Management of Chronic Health Conditions and Complex Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 0
NURS 7280 Management of Chronic Health Conditions and Complex Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum 3/4 135/180
NURS 7290 Transition to Practice Practicum 3 vary

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Course Objectives

NURS 7220 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion Practicum

NURS 7240 Management for Acute and Common Conditions for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum

NURS 7260 Reproductive and Child Health for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum

NURS 7280 Management of Chronic Health Conditions and Complex Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum

NURS 7290 Transition to Practice Practicum

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Course Progression
Nurse Practitioner Program - Core Course Progression
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Course Progression
 

  Course Credits Hours
NURS 706 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 0
NURS 707 Advanced Drug Therapy 3 0
NURS 7100 Professional Roles for the Nurse Practitioner 2 0
NURS 7210 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for the Advanced Practice Nurse 4 0
NURS 7220 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion Practicum 2/3 90/135
NURS 747 PMHNP Role in Psychotherapies Across the Lifespan 3 0
NURS 748 PMHNP Clinical Practicum I 3 135
NURS 758 PMHNP Clinical Practicum II 4 180
NURS 760 Psychopharmacology 3 135
NURS 768 Applied Psychotherapy Treatment Planning 4 0
NURS 778 PMHNP Clinical Practicum III 4 180
                                                                           TOTAL 34-35 630

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Course Objectives

NURS 7220 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion Practicum
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NURS 748: PMHNP Clinical Practicum I

  1. Perform a history and physical on adult client(s) with acute and chronic medical and psychiatric conditions.
  2. Analyze lab work and other tests to monitor each adult client’s acute and chronic medical and psychiatric conditions including blood levels and the side effects of their medications.
  3. Develop differential diagnoses for each adult patient’s acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disorder using data from history and physical, results of lab work and other tests, clinical decision making skills, and knowledge from theory courses and share it with preceptor when developing plan of care.
  4. Analyze a list of risk factors that could lead each adult patient to develop new diseases or worsen already diagnosed disorders.
  5. Compare and contrast appropriate treatment modalities including symptom management strategies that each adult patient can use to manage their acute and chronic medical and psychiatric conditions.
  6. Use data from history and physical, lab work and other tests and diagnoses to develop, implement and monitor a prioritized plan of care.
  7. Apply principles of health teaching with each adult patient to promote understanding of diagnoses, how to manage acute and chronic medical and psychiatric conditions and lessen or eliminate risk factors.

 
NURS 758: PMHNP Clinical Practicum II

  1. Analyze history, physical, side effects of medications, lab work and other tests including blood levels to monitor each child or adolescent patient’s acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.
  2. Develop differential diagnoses for each child or adolescent patient’s acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disorder.
  3. Analyze risk factors that contribute to poor mental health outcomes in children and adolescents.
  4. Compare and contrast treatment modalities that patients and families can use to self manage medical and psychiatric disorders.
  5. Use data from history and physical, lab work and other tests and diagnoses to develop, implement and monitor a prioritized plan of care for each child or adolescent patient.
  6. Apply principles of health teaching with each child or adolescent patient and their family to promote understanding of diagnoses, how to manage the patient’s acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disorders and lessen or eliminate risk factors. 

NURS 778: PMHNP Clinical Practicum III

  1. Analyze comprehensive health status and complete risk assessment of mental health and psychiatric patients across the lifespan in relation to their development, biopsychosocial stressors, lifestyle, culture, and presenting reasons to access care.
  2. Diagnose and manage complex biopsychosocial factors that impact mental health and psychiatric illnesses across the lifespan using advanced counseling and psychotherapy techniques.
  3. Develop comprehensive evidence based integrated psychotherapy treatment planning across the lifespan for psychiatric and mental health consumers and their families.
  4. Evaluate organizational systems in of health care to reduce health disparities in the provision of comprehensive mental health and psychiatric care.
  5. Apply information technology skills to provide high quality assessment and treatment planning of complex mental health and psychiatric illnesses across the lifespan.
  6. Complete >135 hours of supervised direct patient care as member of the inter-professional treatment team providing care to individuals, their families, and their communities.
  7. Anticipate 25% of hours in family care of pediatric patients, 25% of hours in family care of geriatrics.