Starting FNP school in March...Mental Health after graduation?

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    So I'm starting FNP school in March at Simmons (super excited), I also love psych and was wondering how it would work getting a post-masters cert in mental health (I guess psych NP?) and would I then need to take the psych NP certification test upon that graduation? What Mental Health NP programs- preferably online- are there? I never looked into much to begin with and I DO want to do FNP 1st, but I also would like to add psych at a later date...any advice is welcome! =)

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    There's a growing number of FNPs and other primary care NPs seeking to add psych credentials to their scope of practice. There's a profound lack of mental health care and a dearth of collaboration between primary care and psych providers especially for the seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI). A growing trend is having dual trained providers available to meet the needs of these individuals.

    In order to become a PMHNP, you would need to attend either a post-MSN certificate or DNP with added content in psych. There are a number of distance-based programs from reputable schools including Rush, Vanderbilt, Drexel. A Google search can give you more options. After completing the program, you would need to sit for the PMHNP exam and maintain both certifications but you could use many CEUs for psych and psychopharmacology towards the FNP requirements.

    Best of luck with your education!
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    THANKS! Yes that is what I wanted to be sure about, I appreciate the info! My husband is a disabled vet, the more we go to the VA for his mental health issues, the more interested I had become- but I still like the "regular" clinic work of primary care. We love his Psych-APRN, and I always forget to ask her about school! =) I think I will look into the PMHNP once I graduate with my FNP so that I can be dual certified!
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    hmmm. There are a lot of dual AGNP/PMHNPs and FNP/PMHNPs at my school and all of them seem to practice in either primary care or psych. I haven't seen any that practice both. I think it has to do with licensing issues? Not sure.
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    I think Vanderbilts pmhnp program can be done online
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    Do FNP first. The medical knowledge is valuable. Not all psych programs give you good foundation in the medical parts. I don't know about Vanderbilt but it is too expensive and private. I recommend ASU (Arizona State U.) - They have very good reputation overall. you can do post DNP in psych there.
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    Thanks harmonizer! Yes I want my DNP, however I'm doing a MSN-FNP right now first. Because I want the flexibility of both certifications, I want to be certified as FNP, and then get mental health after. =) thanks for the info folks!
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    Quote from myelin
    hmmm. There are a lot of dual AGNP/PMHNPs and FNP/PMHNPs at my school and all of them seem to practice in either primary care or psych. I haven't seen any that practice both. I think it has to do with licensing issues? Not sure.
    I wonder if it has to do with billing issues. How do you bill for a med follow up for psych and a cardiac work-up, for example. Also how long would the appointment be?
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    I don't plan on practicing both at the same time, I simply want two different options for work and one of those being that i want to work at the VA for mental health (maybe prn or part time) and work at a family practice clinic as well.


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