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Bluefield College expands nursing program with mental health certification

BLUEFIELD COLLEGE(WVVA)- Bluefield College has taken the next step with it's nursing program, so their students can be in position to support patients in need of both physical and mental health.

Starting in January 2020, the college will be offering a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program for students studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The curriculum will prepare the practitioner to provide care to those in need of mental health support, to meet the mounting mental health crisis statistically seen across the country.

"We see the need for every age group, from children to adults, to receive good mental health services," said Jessica Sharp, Dean and Professor for the School of Nursing.

The program will be a 3-semester course, offering over 630 clinical hours and the practitioners will gradate with a certificate in addiction services and counseling.

The practitioners will use their FNP license to treat the patients holistically and the certificate to treat the patient's mental health needs.

"This is related to the opioid crisis," said Sharp. "Bluefield College is always trying to help the community with what it needs and we're looking to help people with addictions. Most people that have an opioid addiction, that's not their only disease so we can't separate that out. They're sick and need help with good medication services."

You can find more information about the nursing program and enrollment on the college's website.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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