Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan)

Block Schedule

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Family)

VUSN reserves the right through its established procedures to change this schedule as course requirements dictate.

For questions contact Specialty Director Dawn Vanderhoef or by phone: 615-322-0848

Please Note: The dates on this block schedule are for FULL TIME students. PART TIME students may not be required to be in class for the full block.

2018 - 2019 Block Schedule

New students, please remember mandatory orientation on August 21-22. Students moving from the Pre-Specialty year into the Specialty year are only required to attend the afternoon session (beginning at 1 PM) on August 22.


Date Time Course Location
Tuesday, August 21 8am-4pm Orientation for New Students TBA
Wednesday, August 22 8am-4pm Orientation for New Students TBA
Thursday, August 23 9am-10am 6010 TBA
  1-4pm 6011 NA 155
  5-7pm 6011L FH144
Friday, August 24 8am-12 pm 6020 NA 155 & 161
  1-4pm 7212 Eng & Science Bldg. 048
  5-7pm 6011L FH144
Saturday, August 25 8am-12pm 7215 NA 155
  1-5pm 7212 NA161
Wednesday, August 29 8-10am 7215 (Videostreamed) NA 162
  10am-12pm 7212 (Videostreamed) NA 162
Wednesday, Sept. 5 8-10am 7215 (Videostreamed) FH140
  10am-12pm 7212 (Videostreamed) NA167
Wednesday, Sept. 12 8-10am 7215 (Videostreamed) NA167
  10am-12pm 7212 (Videostreamed) NA167
Wednesday, Sept. 19 8-10am 7215  (Videostreamed) FH140
  10am-12pm 7212 (Videostreamed) NA167
Monday, Sept. 24 9am-12pm 6020 Check Brightspace for group breakout rooms
  1-5pm 6011L FH144
Tuesday, Sept. 25 8am-12pm 7215 NA161
  1-5pm 7212 FH140
Wednesday, Sept. 26 8am-12pm 7215 NA161
  1-5pm 7212 FH140
Thursday, Sept. 27 8am-5pm 6011L CELA
Friday, Sept. 28 8am-12:30pm 7215 CELA
Thursday, October 25 9am-12pm 6020    Check Brightspace for group breakout rooms
  1-5pm 7215 FH140
Friday, October 26 8am-12:30pm 7215 CELA
  1-2pm 7215 NA 161
  3-5pm 7212 FH140
Saturday, October 27 8am-12pm 7215 FH140
  1-4pm 7212 FH140
Monday, December 3 8am-5pm 7215 Via BlueJeans for Out of Middle TN Area Students; Middle TN Area Students MUST attend
GH317,GH601, NA160, NA166
Tuesday, December 4 8am-5pm 7215 GH317, GH401, GH501, Living Room
Tuesday, January 8 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7225  
Wednesday, January 9 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7225  
Thursday, January 10 8am-5pm N7225 CELA
  5-7pm PMHNP Celebration  
Friday, January 11 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7222  
Saturday, January 12 8am-12pm N7225  
  1-5pm N7222  
Thursday, January 17 10am-12pm N7221  
Thursday, January 24 10am-12pm N7221  
Thursday, January 31 10am-12pm N7221  
Thursday, February 7 10am-12pm N7221  
Tuesday, February 12 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7225  
Wednesday, February 13 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7222  
Thursday, February 14 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7222  
Friday, February 15 8am-5pm N7225 CELA
Tuesday, March 12 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7225  
Wednesday, March 13 8am-12pm N7222  
Thursday, March 14 8am-5pm N7225 CELA
Friday, March 15 8am-12pm N7221  
  1-5pm N7222  
Saturday, March 16 8am-12pm N7222  
  1-5pm N7225  
Monday, May 6 8am-12pm N7231  
  1-5pm N7231  
Tuesday, May 7 8am-12pm N7295  
  1-5pm N7295  
Wednesday, May 8 8am-12pm N7231  
  1-5pm N7231  
Thursday, May 9 8am-12pm N7295  
  1-5pm N7232  
Wednesday, July 31 8am-12pm N7231  
  1-5pm N7231  
Thursday, August 1 8am-12pm N7295  
  1-5pm N7295  
Friday, August 2 8am-12pm N7295  
  1-4pm N7231  
  4-6pm PMHNP Reception  
Sunday, August 4 TBA Pinning Ceremony  


Fall 2018

Course Name Instructor Required Materials Recommended Materials
6010: Pathophysiologic Concepts Travis Dunlap, PhD, ANP-BC

McCance, K. L., & Huether, S. E.  (2013). Pathophysiology.  The biologic basis for disease in adults and children (7th ed.). St. Louis:  Mosby. ISBN-13: 978-0-323-08854-1

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Guyton, A. C., & Hall, J. E.  (2015). Textbook of Medical Physiology (13th ed.).  Philadelphia:  Saunders.  ISBN-13: 978-1455770052 

VanPutte, C., Regan, J., Russo, A., Tate, P., Stephens, T., Seeley, R. (2016). Seeley's Anatomy & Physiology (11th ed.).  Boston:  McGraw-Hill.  ISBN-13: 978-0077736224

Anatomical Chart Company. (2009). Rapid Review Anatomy Reference Guide (3rd ed.) Skokie, IL: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 978-1605471020


6011: Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning K. Melissa Smith, DNP, ANP-BC
Carol Ziegler, DNP, NP-C (IOR)

Bickley, L. (2017). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination. (12th ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN-13: 978-1469893419; ISBN-10: 146989341X

Ferri, F. (2017).  Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging. (4th ed.).  Saunders. ISBN-13: 978-0323511407; E-ISBN:  978-0323527521.

Novey, D. Rapid Access Guide to Physical Examination (2014) (2nd ed. 3rd reprint). Medical Media Systems. ISBN-13: 978-0991216505.

Sullivan, D. (2018). Guide to Clinical Documentation (3rd ed).  F.A. Davis Company. (to be published Aug. 2018)

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6011L: Advanced Health Assessment Lab K. Melissa Smith DNP, ANP-BC (IOR)
Carol Ziegler DNP, NP-C
(Same as 6011)


6020: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Angel Anthamatten, DNP, BC-ADM, FNP-BC

Woo, T. M., & Robinson, M. V. (2016). Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers (4th ed.). F.A Davis Company.
ISBN-13: 978-0803638273, ISBN-10: 0803638272 (Also available via the Eskind Digital Library)

Gilbert, D.N., et al. (2018). The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 47th edition. Smart phone/ tablet application is used for instruction. (Also available via the Eskind Digital Library)

Epocrates Point of Care Medical Application (FREE version is acceptable and used in course). Smart phone/ tablet application.

GoodRX Point of Care (Free version) Smartphone/Tablet Application

Nurse practitioner prescribing reference (NPPR).  Available as smart phone/ tablet application or FREE web-access at       

6045: Professional Formation: Context and Role of Advanced Nursing Practice Abby Parish, DNP, AGPNCP-BC, FNAP

Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overholt E. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkin ISBN-13: 978-1451190946; ISBN-10: 1451190948

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington DC:  American Psychological Association ISBN-13: 978-1433805615; ISBN-10: 1433950618

Christenbery, T. L. (2018). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: Foundations, Skills, and Roles. Springer Publishing Co.

ISBN: 978-0-8261-2742-6
Excellent resource, edited by one of VUSN's very own faculty, with many chapters written by VUSN faculty, which also address the essential competencies we cover in the Professional Formation course series.

Tracy, M. F., & O'Grady, E. T. (2018). Hamric & Hanson's Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach 6th ed. St. Louis, MO. Elsevier Health Sciences.

ISBN: 9780323447706
Another excellent resource that addresses and defines the essential APN core competencies, along with specific content on multiple specialties

Polit DF, Beck CT. (2017) Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

ISBN-13: 978-1496300232
ISBN-10: 1496300238
This book (including older past editions) will not have required readings, but is a staple resource text for many faculty and students. 

Ogrinc, G. S. (2018). Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patient's Care. Joint Commission Resources. 3rd ed.

ISBN-13: 978-1635850376
ISBN-10: 1635850371
This book is an excellent resource from the Joint Commission, providing information on multiple aspects of the quality improvement process.

7212: Theories of Individual and Family Psychotherapy Vaughn Sinclair, PhD, CNS
Jennifer Scroggie, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Wheeler, K. (2013). Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse (2nd ed.). Springer Publishing Company. ISBN 9780826110008

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7215: Advanced Health Assessment Applications for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Marci Zsamboky, DNP, MSN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, CNE
Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC

ANA Scope and Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice. (2014). American Nursing Publishing.

American  Psychiatric  Association  (2013). Diagnostic  and  Statistical  Manual  of  Mental Disorders (5thed.). American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9780890425558

**In lieu of buying a hard copy you may choose to access the DSM-V through ESKIND online library or buy an electronic version for your PDA or Smart Phone.

American Psychological Association. (2012).  Style Guide to Electronic References (6th ed.). American Psychological Association. ISBN 9781433807046  

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) PMHNP Competencies (2013).

Rey, Joseph (Ed.). (2012). IACAPAP Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. **Free textbook at: iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-

Sadock, B. J., & Sadock, V. A. (2014). Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry (11th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781609139711

Sommers-Flanagan, J. & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2017). Clinical Interviewing (6th ed.). Wiley. ISBN 9781119215585

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