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Perinatal Mental Health Curriculum

The number of credits vary depending on the student's background, but all PMH students must be enrolled in the PMHNP specialty through either the Master of Nursing (MN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or Graduate Certificate (GCPAPN) programs.


Perinatal Mental Health Module/Courses: 9 Credits

The PMH sub-specialty courses must be completed in addition to the PMHNP MN, DNP or GCPAPN coursework.

Course Credits

Two of these three courses:

  • NSG 538: Using Infant Mental Health Approaches in Practice Settings
  • NURS 555: Relationship-Based Mental Health Assessment of Infants and Toddlers
  • NSG 537: Development and Psychopathology, Parents and Infants
6
One extra credit of each of the following:
  • NURS 583: Emotions
  • NURS 554: Management of Psych Disorders
  • NURS 564: Psychopharm
3
At least 60 hours (3 credits) of Perinatal content in NCLIN 566: Advanced Psychosocial Nursing Practicum -
TOTAL CREDITS 9


Current PMHNP-MN Students: 84 Credits

Category Credits
Clinical 17
Pathophysiology, Pharmacy & Physical Health Assessment 14
Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practice 33
Research 11
PMH Sub-Specialty Courses 9
TOTAL CREDITS 84


Current PMHNP-DNP Students: 118 Credits

Category Credits
Clinical 17
Pathophysiology, Pharmacy & Physical Health Assessment 14
Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practice 33
Leadership 15
Practice Inquiry/Capstone 30
PMH Sub-Specialty Courses 9
TOTAL CREDITS 118


Post-Master's Applicants

Both UW School of Nursing PMHNP graduates and NP-prepared applicants in another field should apply to the PMH specialty under the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

PMHNP Graduates

Graduates of the UW School of Nursing PMHNP specialty must complete the PMH Sub-Specialty Courses only. Course work taken as a previous PMHNP student count towards the remainder of the PMHNP Certificate Program credits.

Non-PMHNP Graduates

Post-Master's students with NP preparation in another field must complete:

Category Credits
Clinical 17
Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practice 33
PMH Sub-Specialty Courses 9
TOTAL CREDITS 59