School of Nursing Will Hold Program Information Session

New master’s degrees in mental health care will be discussed

September 12, 2006

The University of Rochester School of Nursing will hold an open house to provide information on the School’s courses and programs on Thursday Sept. 21 in the Evarts Lounge in Helen Wood Hall, 255 Crittenden Blvd.

The presentations will cover all of the School’s programs, including the Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses, through which college graduates can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in just one year, and doctoral degrees. Information also will be available on two new degrees.

The School of Nursing this fall is launching two master’s degree programs designed to address an increasing demand for child mental-health practitioners. The Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and an expanded program of study in behavioral and mental health within the Care of Children and Families/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program provide two new opportunities for nurses.

The goal is to develop practitioners trained to identify and evaluate mental health disorders in children and adolescents, and provide timely intervention. A national shortage of child and adolescent mental health professionals is projected by the year 2020, a problem that nurse practitioners can help solve.

The open house will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. General information will be presented during the first hour. Sessions on specific programs will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. For more information, call 585-275-2375.

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