Students can earn a Master of Science in Nursing as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through 39 credit hours of coursework and an additional seven hours of required clinical time. Courses cover topics including nursing theory, epidemiology, research in rural nursing, pharmacology, health assessment, pathophysiology, and applied psychopharmacology.
Two concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing program in public health nursing are now open to students. The public health nursing master’s programs require coursework in nursing theory, public health nursing practice, program policy and development, management of health care, research in rural nursing, and principles of epidemiology. The concentration in administration requires coursework in nursing resource management and nursing system quality management, and a practicum in nursing administration. The concentration in education requires coursework in nursing education theory and nursing education strategies, and a nursing education practicum.
An online Doctor of Nursing Practice program requires 36-39 credit hours of coursework in healthcare delivery informatics, public health policy, organizational leadership, healthcare economics and finance, and analytical methods, as well as several seminars, capstone projects, and independent study courses.
Applications are due Nov. 30 for the semester beginning in January. Eastern Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.