I'm currently in an ADN program but my background is in psychology, in which I have a BA. Given my non-nursing baccalaureate degree, what would be a good path for me to take to become a PMHNP? Any suggestions welcomed and appreciated!
I have a BA in psych. I just applied to direct entry programs and will start in the fall. They are accelerated programs of 2-3 years where you get your RN and then MSN. No RN experience is necessary for PMHNP as it's a different role and there is a lot of demand for psychiatric prescribers, especially if you live in an independent practice state. (But I do agree that it's important to get some experience to see if you even live working in this field. I have a couple years of outpatient psych experience as a volunteer). But the BSN is not necessary. I've spoken to several NPs who don't have a BSN and was told that it did not prevent them from getting jobs.
But since you're already in an ADN program, you should finish and then apply to an RN to MSN program, like the one at Vanderbilt. http://www.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/msn/prespecrn.html
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Wouldn't a msn be best?! Basically it's a bachelors degree to masters on nursing but you'd still be considered an RN when it's all said and done. You'd then likely have to still go for np an additional two years.
Hmm, what kind of MSN degree are you talking about? Typically MSN degrees are granted in NP programs, but I have seen some generalist MSN degrees that only lead to Clinical Nurse Leader, which as you say is essentially an RN. I'm doing a direct entry program for non-nursing bachelors, and I will get an MSN, but I will be an NP once I'm done. So it depends on the program.
Last edit by mzaur on Feb 3, '14