Dual FNP/mental health programs

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by tiggr06 tiggr06 (New) New

Does anyone know of any programs have a dual fnp/mental health np program? Thanks

tiggr06

tiggr06

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Im sorry. I didn't realize this was a dnp forum. I was actually looking for a master's program like this. I do appreciate you giving me this info though. Thanks

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I saw that too but you have to go to TN for three weeks every semester. It seems like there are no dual FNP/PMHNP programs. I'm looking too, but coming up with nothing.

Jules A

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. 8,863 Posts

I'm curious why you'd want to do both at once rather than getting one, starting to practice, making money and gaining valuable experience while later completing a post-masters certificate. Combining them wouldn't cut out any clinical hours or courses so I'm not sure what the advantage would be.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

I'm curious why you'd want to do both at once rather than getting one, starting to practice, making money and gaining valuable experience while later completing a post-masters certificate. Combining them wouldn't cut out any clinical hours or courses so I'm not sure what the advantage would be.

Well they have dual certs/programs for other NP interest. I'm not trying to "cut out" any courses or clinical hours. I would like to do it with FNP & PMHNP.

Jules A

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. 8,863 Posts

Well they have dual certs/programs for other NP interest. I'm not trying to "cut out" any courses or clinical hours. I would like to do it with FNP & PMHNP.

But wouldn't it take longer to complete both together right? You could finish one and get licensed in 2 years but I can't imagine you could do both in that time frame so that is what doesn't make sense to me. Why not get one and work while getting the second? My post masters FNP was only a year and I worked full time throughout.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 6,883 Posts

But wouldn't it take longer to complete both together right? You could finish one and get licensed in 2 years but I can't imagine you could do both in that time frame so that is what doesn't make sense to me. Why not get one and work while getting the second?

The doctorates listed above for dual FNP/PMHNP takes 3 years, full time.

delawaremalenurse

Specializes in Occ. Hlth, Education, ICU, Med-Surg. 227 Posts

My FNP program is a mental health program unto itself....:woot:

gettingbsn2msn

gettingbsn2msn, MSN, RN

Specializes in medical surgical. Has 5 years experience. 610 Posts

I am an ANP who is going back for a post master's PMHNP. Hope it is worth it.

PG2018

PG2018

Specializes in Outpatient Psychiatry. 1,413 Posts

I believe Vanderbilt, also in TN, has an on campus FNP/PMHNP program. Swell.

I side with Jules. You're losing money every year you're in school. That being said, you could become a PMHNP, get a nice income, work negotiable hours, and then do FNP in your spare time. You could do this in reverse order too, but I think you'll make more as a PMHNP across the board so it's most profitable to get that cert as quickly as possible. I envy you and wish I had the gumption to pursue the FNP. I'd really like to tend to a smattering of primary care stuff, but crotches and crying babies are a great repellent.

resilientnurse

resilientnurse

Specializes in Med/Surg, International Health, Psych. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 269 Posts

I'm curious why you'd want to do both at once rather than getting one, starting to practice, making money and gaining valuable experience while later completing a post-masters certificate. Combining them wouldn't cut out any clinical hours or courses so I'm not sure what the advantage would be.
That would've been my exact advice a couple of years ago. However, I feel like a FAT ARISTOCRAT now (not really) :-). I am going back to school for a DNP, but I am doing it one class at a time, and only if it works with my schedule and am the laziest graduate student ever. Meaning, family, making money and relaxing come first. Otherwise, there is no way in the world I would go back to school. There is little motivation to do so, especially since it would not impact the bottom dollar line. So, you stand to lose your motivation and drive. If you have the stamina and those other certifications are important to you, go right ahead! As you get older and more settled, many people look for the nicest paved road to accommodate the smoothest ride.