This major is a program that prepares registered nurses to promote mental health and provide nursing care to patients with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders, in mental institutions or other settings.
Includes instruction in psychopathology, behavioral health, counseling and intervention strategies, psychoeducation, mental health assessment and dual diagnosis, stabilization and management of psychotic illness, psychiatric care and rehabilitation, substance abuse, and crisis intervention.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Major (use the College Search feature and enter "substance abuse” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions? Learn more on the Careers/Jobs/Internships in the Mental Health page.
What can you do with a major/degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Major?
With a career in this field, you will care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities by providing therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions.
At minimum, you will need a postsecondary certificate. You may choose to pursue an associate degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. Such programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association
- National Association of Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
Publications/Magazines in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Major