M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing is a 2 Years postgraduate Neurology course. Mental Health Nursing is also known as Psychiatric Nursing. During this course, students will study ethics, counseling theory, career development, diagnostic strategies and Group Counselling.
The main focus of the course is in clinical practice in an area of Mental Health Service Provision. The course curriculum covers mental health counseling practice and research, human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, career and lifestyle development, research and programme development etc.
Following is the list of institutes in India that offer this course:
Average Tuition fee for M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing ranges from INR 5000 to 1.5 Lacs.
Students must possess Bachelors level of nursing degree from a University recognized by Indian Nursing Council. Applicants must obtain minimum 1 year of experience in the field of Nursing.Some of the reputed colleges and institutes conduct an entrance examination for admission in the course. Students should also be mentally fit.
Applicants are hired in capacities such as Psychiatric Technician, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, Mental Health Counsellor, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Behaviour Analysts, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Nurse/ Registered Nurse, Research Associate, Statistical Analyst, Dietician & Lifestyle Counsellor, and Psychologist.
Average Salary package offered to graduates from particular course ranges from INR 3 Lacs to 6 Lacs per annum.
The following table shows the some of the major highlights of the course:
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Examination Type||Semester System/ Year wise|
|Eligibility||Completed Bachelors level of nursing degree from a University recognized by INC (Indian Nursing Council)|
|Admission Process||Merit-Based/ Entrance Test|
|Course Fees||INR 5000 to 1.5 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 Lacs to 6 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Charities, Hospitals, Clinics & Healthcare Centres, Old Age Residential Homes & Community Units, Colleges & Universities, Rehabilitation Units.|
|Job Positions||Psychiatric Technician, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, Mental Health Counsellor, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Behaviour Analysts, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Nurse/ Registered Nurse, Research Associate, Statistical Analyst, Dietician & Lifestyle Counsellor, Psychologist, Servicing Executives|
M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing is all about caring people of all ages with mental illness or mental distress such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and more.
The course is comprised of the topics such as Human Development Counselling Applications, Diagnostic Measuring Tools, Research Methods, Clinical Assessment, Individual Counselling etc.
Those who have successfully completed their course can get a job in the roles such as Psychiatric Technician, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, Mental Health Counsellor, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Behaviour Analysts, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Nurse/ Registered Nurse, Research Associate, Statistical Analyst, Dietician & Lifestyle Counsellor, Psychologist, Servicing Executives.
Successful postgraduates can pursue their higher studies. Candidates can explore his or her talent in adult or child nursing. The course is also available in the part-time form for the duration of one or one and a half year.
The following table shows some of the top institutes in India that offer the course:
|Name of the Institute||State|
|Al Shifa College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Amala School of Nursing||Thrissur, Kerala|
|Amrita College of Nursing||Kochi, Kerala|
|Baby Memorial College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Bharath University||Tamil Nadu|
|Bishop Benziger College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Cauvery College of Nursing and Health Science||Karnataka|
|Cherraan’s College of Nursing||Tamil Nadu|
|Diana College of Nursing||Bangalore|
|Government College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Holy Cross College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Kerala University of Health Science||Kerala|
|KG College of Nursing||Coimbatore|
|KR Institute of Nursing||Karnataka|
|Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University||Maharashtra|
|KVM College of Nursing||Kerala|
|Madurai Apollo College of Nursing||Tamil Nadu|
|Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing||Punjab|
|Prajwal College of Nursing||Karnataka|
|Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University||Puducherry|
|Sri Gokulam College of Nursing||Tamil Nadu|
|Sri Ramchandra University||Chennai|
|Sumandeep Nursing College||Gujarat|
|Vivekananda College of Nursing||Tamil Nadu|
|West Bengal University of Health Sciences||West Bengal|
Students wishing to pursue the course are required to fulfill below-mentioned eligibility criteria:
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in an entrance exam. Some of the reputed colleges and institutes conduct an entrance examination for admission. Students will be shortlisted on the basis of their marks obtained in an entrance exam.
Admission of the students will only be made on the basis of merit in Graduation. Seats will only be allocated to the qualified candidates.
The following table shows the syllabus for M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing:
Subjects of Study
|Introduction to Mental Health|
|Mental Health – Positive Psychology|
|Mild Mental Disorders|
|Research Methods and Statistics|
Applicants can become Professional and practitioners in Hospitals, schools, rehabilitation agencies, clinics, and other mental health agencies. Students can also pursue higher studies in related fields.
Apart from jobs in Hospitals, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Orphanages, Old Age Homes there is also scope for private practice. Students are also recruited in a different health program that is undertaken by Government of India.
The following table shows the different job positions along with its description and corresponding salaries offered:
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Psychiatric Technician||Their responsibility is to perform functions in the health field, such as taking vital signs, monitoring patients, administrating medication and helping with clerical tasks.||1,92,000|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor||Rehabilitation Counsellor helps people with emotional and physical disabilities live independently.||3,60,000|
|Mental Health Counsellor||Duties of Mental Health Counsellor conduct Mental Health Assessments, developing treatment plans, running preventative mental wellness classes and making treatment referrals.||7,20,000|
|Clinical Psychologist||Clinical Psychologist meet with the clients to identify problems like emotional, mental and behavioral||3,71,411|
|Health Psychologist||Health Psychologist study various reactions of individuals when diagnosed with particular disease||3,18,000|
|Research Associate||Research Associate works to collect, prepares, analyzes, dissects, and evaluates specimens and tissue cultures.||3,02,473|
|Psychologist||Psychologist studies the human mind. Research helps us understand behavior, memory and mental health disorders.||3,18,000|