Online Graduate Courses in Geriatric Psychiatric Nursing

Online undergraduate courses in geriatric psychiatric nursing are generally not available; however, registered and advanced practice nurses can take online graduate courses in geriatric nursing or psychiatric nursing.

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Online Geriatric Nursing Courses

Here are some typical courses offered in geriatric nursing programs.

  • Elderly Adult Assessment Course: This class typically instructs students in varied assessment methodologies for older adults. Participants study health diagnoses from a physical, cognitive, social and psychological perspective.
  • Older Adult Health Promotion Course: Course participants generally explore strategic planning methods for acute and long-term disease prevention in elderly adults. Class content emphasizes supporting the health of older patients in diverse clinical settings.
  • Interventions for Common Health Problems in Older Adults Course: This course typically discusses common acute and chronic health problems experienced by older adults and development of interventions for management.
  • Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan Course: In this course, students learn how organ systems function differently at different stages of life. They also study how disease risk and management strategies change as patients grow older.

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Online Psychiatric Nursing Courses

The following online courses in psychiatric nursing are typically offered as part of advanced degree or certificate programs.

  • Pharmacotherapeutics Course: This class typically investigates the drug categories most often used in primary care health practice. Students are introduced to the pharmacokinetics and actions of specified psycho-pharmacological drugs. Class content includes discussion of ethical and legal issues related to prescriptive practice.
  • Mental Health Nursing Course: Students often explore care methods for individual and group-centered psychotherapeutic practice. Course content is focused on the management of psychiatric disorders and mental health problems in multicultural health care settings. Participants also examine mental health across the lifespan.
  • Neurobiology of Mental Disorders Course: This course examines the scientific underpinnings of mental disorders. Students learn how developmental, genetic and external factors lead to different clinical manifestations.

Program Information

Graduate courses in both geriatric and psychiatric nursing are offered online, as part of degree and post-master's certificate programs. Geriatric nursing curricula train prospective and certified advanced practice nurses in the common rehabilitation and health maintenance needs of older adults. Graduate and post-graduate psychiatric nursing students complete psychotherapeutic coursework designed to support patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health issues. Program graduates often work in hospitals, ambulatory care settings and long-term care facilities.

Nurses can earn a master's degree or a graduate certificate in psychiatric or geriatric nursing online. Degree-seeking students must have a current registered nursing license prior to enrollment. Post-master's certificate students must also have a master's degree in nursing.

Although there are no combined geriatric-psychiatric nursing programs online, there are degree and certificate programs where students can learn about providing nursing care for elderly individuals or patients with mental health problems.

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