Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 5366
Section Number
NURS 5366
Fall 2017
Days & Times

This is an online course.

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Demonstrate planning, implementing, and evaluating care of one’s own mental health.

Discuss methods to collaborate with individual clients to develop evidence based approaches to promotion and protection of mental health and prevention of illness.

Explore techniques for  collaboration with clients to develop a plan to avert relapse.

Identify methods to apply  essential elements of physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care in the promotion of health in self and others.

Explore a wide range of approaches to evidence based psychotherapy of individual clients experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

Discuss methods to develop beginning expertise in the application of selected evidence-based psychotherapy of individual clients experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

Identify and discuss methods to integrate psycho-pharmacotherapy in effective management of individuals experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.


Course Expectations

As this is an online course, students are expected to have access to a computer for all assignments and testing.

In order to pass NURS 5366 the student must pass the Final Practicum at MSU to receive a passing grade for the course. Passing score for the practicum is 80%. 

Grading Standards

 Grading Scale

A             90-100

B             80-89

C             74-79

D             65-73

F              64 and below

Submission Format Policy

All assignments must be uploaded to D2L in the Assignment section dropbox via WORD format by the due date and time. 

If the student has computer problems the assignment must then be submitted on time in the D2L course webmail section AND ONLY WITH PRIOR NOTICE to faculty and subsequent approval.  This is to be used in emergency situations only. ALL assignment dropboxes will be locked when due date/time expires.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Work submitted after the due date will be awarded a grade of zero. The only exception to this is an extenuating circumstance in which you have contacted (Dr. Mercer) PRIOR to the assignment due date. There is no grace period.  It is your responsibility to get your work to us on time.



Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course. Students must attend final practicum on campus at MSU - date in syllabus

Other Policies

Located in Catalog – A student who earns lower than a “B” in any two graduate nursing courses either the same course twice or two different courses, will be dismissed from the program. Readmission will be considered by the Graduate Curriculum and Standards Committee on an individual basis.

 The faculty considers collaboration during assignments and examinations as cheating and cheating is in violation of Midwestern Policy.  A score of zero (0) will be given for students participating in collaboration of assignments and exams. Providing a student with written assignments, or examination information from a course previously taken at MSU, is cheating. Cheating is ground for dismissal from the program.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at