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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Arnot Ogden Medical Center School of Nursing | Evaluated Learning Experience

Nursing 203 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing


Version 1 and 2: 216 (9 weeks); includes 72 hours of theory and 144 hours of supervised clinical experience. Version 3: 316 hours (13 weeks); includes 79 hours of theory and 237 hours of supervised clinical experience. 

Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY.

Version 1: April 1991 - August 1999. Version 2: September 1999 - May 2017. Version 3: June 2017 - December 2021.  

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: apply moral, legal, professional, and ethical standards with emphasis on confidentiality with clients who have deficits in ego functioning; use nursing and scientific principles of mental health and apply the nursing process to meet the holistic health needs of psychiatric clients; recognize the impact of developmental tasks in relation to the client's chronological age, personality development, and behavior; use therapeutic communication and attending skills to communicate with a psychiatric client; employ teaching concepts and principles to assist clients and their families learn adaptive ego functions; and develop self-understanding and self-esteem to facilitate therapeutic use of self. Version 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate accountability for continuous quality improvement, research-based practice, consumer advocacy, and cost-effective use of health care resources within the legal/ethical standards while caring for acutely ill patients; integrate knowledge from biological, behavioral, social, and nursing sciences to provide safe, technically competent and holistic nursing care to acutely ill patients; function as an effective member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team by utilizing critical-thinking and nursing process skills to implement a plan of care for patients that have rapidly changing health needs; Incorporate a caring relationship, therapeutic communication, positive interpersonal and information management skills to provide support to the patient and family; integrate principles of the teaching/learning process to promote, maintain, and restore optimal wellness to the patient experiencing an acute illness; and demonstrate a commitment to being a contributing member of the nursing profession through analysis of personal and professional growth.


Version 1: Through the nursing process, students make assessments of individuals throughout the lifespan (pediatric, adult, elderly). Assessment includes clients' strengths and weaknesses, functional and dysfunctional responses, level of ego functioning and developmental stage of functioning. Content includes individual personality development, functions and structure of the family including both functional and dysfunctional concepts, emotional and psychiatric disorders of infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, including autism, childhood pervasive disorders, conduct disorders, adjustment disorders, suicide and the major psychiatric diseases, psychophysiological diseases, substance abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. Students participate with groups of clients in conjunction with planned activities and independently select clinical learning experiences which correlate content with clinical experience. Clinical experiences involve rotations to various mental health units and facilities and experiences with clients across the lifespan. Students write a process recording to document techniques used with various clients and analyze the process of communication. The clinical portion of the course is designed to enable the student to care for clients with psychiatric/mental health disorders. Version 2 and 3: Same as Version 1; in addition, concept of crisis.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2,  and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (7/93) (7/97 revalidation) (6/02 revalidation) (6/07 revalidation) (6/12 revalidation) (6/17 revalidation).