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NURS 6312 Advanced Mental Health Concepts


This course develops the theoretical basis for advanced practice nursing in mental health.  Students use a holistic perspective to examine the etiology, meaning and consequences of human behavior.  Biological, cultural, psychological and social aspects of mental health and mental health care are considered. 


Credit Hour Allocations: 3 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocations: 45 hours class


Graduate standing


  1. Discuss therapeutic use of self in management of clients with actual and potential mental health problems.
  2. Apply knowledge about the structure and function of the brain to patients with mental health problems.
  3. Describe the process of a comprehensive mental health assessment which includes but is not limited to mental status examination, laboratory testing, neuropsychological testing and imaging techniques.
  4. Generate appropriate diagnoses for persons with mental disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  5. Discuss the application of crisis intervention to patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies as well as those experiencing maturation and situational crises.
  6. Plan appropriate pharmacologic management to people with mental disorders across the lifespan.
  7. Evaluate the evidence base for use of complementary and alternative therapies for persons with mental disorders.
  8. Analyze the use and efficacy of various somatic therapies with persons with mental disorders.
  9. Apply teaching and learning strategies to the overall management of persons with mental disorders.
  10. Apply research findings to the overall management of persons with mental disorders.
  11. Relate ethical standards and decision making to the care of patients with mental health problems.
  12. Appraise clinical and preventive mental health services in light of evidence.
  13. Describe cultural proficiency in the clinical management of patients with mental health problems.
  14. Critique how mental health care services and funding effect impact care of persons with mental disorders.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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