NS 856 - Introduction to Psychiatric-Mental Health Concepts

This introductory course acquaints the learner with holistic and interdisciplinary health care management strategies for care of diverse psychiatric-mental health populations across the lifespan. The focus of this first of four courses is on the acquisition of clinical competencies pertaining to the assessment of diverse clients with psychiatric-mental health issues (e.g., patient health data analysis, the formulation of differential diagnoses). Students will employ this fundamental content to identifying appropriate collaborative health care management strategies for the psychiatric-mental health clients across the lifespan that incorporate the domains of nursing practice, medical, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies. Caring and its role in safe, high quality, evidence-based practice is threaded throughout the course.

Semester hours: 3.0


  • NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment
  • NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health


  • NS 855 - Pharmacology for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Restrictions and Notes:

  • Clinical Hours: 150
  • Note: Requires preceptor & clinical site approval prior to registration.

Last updated: 04/21/2022