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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Overview

PMHNP Clinical Checklist

General MSN Preceptor Requirements

Course Specific Requirements

PRAC 6645: Psychotherapy With Multiple Modalities

  • Types of Patients: Patients receiving care for psychiatric and substance-use disorders, across the lifespan, to include children, adolescents, adults, and older adults*
  • Types of Services: Psychotherapy with each of the three populations to include individuals, groups, and families
  • Possible Preceptor Choices: Licensed clinical social worker, license mental health counselor/professional counselor, licensed psychologist, other appropriately licensed/certified mental health professional if the license requires a minimum of a master’s degree in the area of mental health and conduct psychotherapy
    Note: Every state has different license categories for mental health professionals, so students should be aware of the different license categories in the state and verify the qualifications with the Office of Field Experience prior to nominating a preceptor if there are questions regarding the qualifications. The licensee must have completed supervised clinical experiences as part of the requirements along with a master’s or doctoral degree in the area of practice within the field of mental health.
  • Possible Site Choices: Psychiatric private practice; community psychiatric and/or counseling center; crisis center; drug/alcohol rehabilitation center; college counseling center; behavioral health employee assistance program (EAP) sites; assisted living/Alzheimer’s facility; psychiatric inpatient hospital or specialty psychiatric-/substance-use care facility; jails/prison under behavioral health treatment providers; long-term care; hospice; palliative care; or any other site where students have access to all three (individual, families, and groups), across the lifespan, for psychotherapy interventions (to be determined on an individual basis)*
  • Nonacceptable Sites: Any form of community and/or home visits
  • Nonacceptable Preceptors: PMHNP, psychiatrist, FNP, AGACNP, AGPCNP or any other NP, no PAs and no speech, occupational, and physical therapists
    Note: No preceptors who are “spiritual” or “religious-based” counselors will be permitted unless they possess a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and are licensed to provide psychotherapy services in their state.
    Also Note: Practitioners who have graduate-, associate-, or intern-level licenses are not acceptable preceptors because they are not practicing as unsupervised practitioners. If required to be supervised as part of their licensure requirement, they are not an acceptable preceptor.
  • Requirements: 160 hours; a minimum of 80 patient encounters are required
    Note: Of those minimum 80 encounters, at least five patient encounters must be with age populations of children and/or adolescents and at least five patient encounters must be with age populations of adults and/or older adults. Must be in practicum setting minimum of 8 weeks.

*Students must be able to see patients across the lifespan to include children, adolescents, adults, and older adults AND all three individuals, families, and groups. If the primary preceptor only sees one age range or population, a secondary preceptor will be needed in order to complete the requirements for the PRAC experiences. Sometimes this can be another provider in the same office as the primary preceptor. Or multiple sites may be required to see the types of patients and services required for this course. Students would need each preceptor and/or field site approved applications.

PMHNP Course Sequence