M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing is a 2-year postgraduate course that prepares students to become Psychiatric Health Nurses (PHNs). These are the nurses who diagnose and treat patients suffering from psychiatric disorders. Upon successful completion of the course, specialization can be pursued by postgraduates in subjects like Forensics, Substance Abuse, and Geropsychiatric Nursing.
The need for this course gradually rose owing to an increasing number of cases of mental health. The requirement of sound mental health is a fundamental aspect of quality of life. On an average, at least one person in four experiences mental health trouble in the course of their life.
Reports of reputed international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the European Union show studies as per which, most countries of the world are realizing the need to maintain a steady infrastructure and workforce to back up the increasing cases of mental troubles, by means of highly skilled and trained nursing staff to run such nursing centers efficiently.
The main objective of M.Sc. Psychiatric Nursing is to provide an education that would help build in candidates the requisite professional and ethical skills needed to work in mental health facilities.
The average course fee charged in India ranges between INR 5,000 and 1.5 lacs for the total duration. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course varies between INR 3 and 6 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course
|Examination Type||Yearly System|
|Eligibility||Graduation from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Direct admission to colleges. Entrance test in some cases.|
|Course Fee||INR 5,000 - 1.5 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 - 6 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Hospitals, NHS trusts, nursing agencies, community and health centers, charities and voluntary organizations, schools, private healthcare organizations, GP practices, residential homes, and such.|
|Job Titles||Nurse Educator, Nurse, and similar capacities.|
M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing aims to shape eligible candidates’ clinical, managerial, and educational qualifications towards efficient operation in the field. The course’s curriculum integrates Life Science with Health Science, aimed at equipping students with adequate preparation to professionally care for, and treat patients.
Students enrolled to the course are also taught in terms of the appropriate ethical conduct needed to communicate with patients. They are also taught to prevent spread of diseases, to carry out correct diagnoses, and to perform treatment of basic mental illnesses. Students are encouraged to make important decisions in patient care and provide professional emotional care and support to patients.
Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for doctorate programs in the subject. Those interested in pursuing the discipline professionally may work as Registered Nurses across leading hospitals and medical centers.
Employment opportunities upon completion of the course also depend on the institute of post-graduation, the candidate’s geographic location, and whether the course was pursued via regular, private, or distance-based education.
The ideal skills required in students of M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing are:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees per annum in INR|
|West Bengal University of Health Sciences||Kolkata||1,00,000|
|Saveetha University||Chennai||1.05 lacs|
|The Tamilnadu Dr MGR University||Chennai||6,000|
|Aditya College of Nursing||Bangalore||1 lakh|
|SCS College of Nursing Sciences||Mangalore||1.44 lacs|
|Aruna College of nursing||Tumkur||1.2 lacs|
|Bharti University||Chennai||1 lakh|
Candidates wishing to pursue the course are required to fulfil the below-mentioned minimum eligibility criteria.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam. Students qualifying the exam with the set minimum eligible cut-off score are invited for the subsequent round of counselling, based on which, the final selection is made.
The counselling process (if involved) consists of rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined, and a merit list is made, allotting seats to the qualifying candidates.
Some institutes in India also provide admission to eligible candidates based on their obtained merit at the level of graduation.
Some of the top entrance exams held in the country for admission to the course are:
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below
|Nursing Education||Nursing Management|
|Advanced Nursing Practice||Nursing Research (Dissertation)|
|Nursing Research and Statistics||Clinical Specialty|
|Clinical Specialty I - Psychiatric Nursing||Medical Surgical Nursing|
Psychiatric nurses treat and care for patients suffering from mental and emotional disabilities. They can also be personal nurses and attend specific patient, to provide care, and help them execute their daily tasks. Such patients are weak and need special support to be attended to, at all times.
Such postgraduates can also professionally pursue jo positions such as Nurse Head/ Educator/ Manager, or with increase in experience, Rural Health Family Nurse, who is generally appointed by the State or central government hospitals. They may also become Health Nurse Practitioners or Nursing Administrators.
Job areas for such postgraduates include general or specialized care units, health care centers, maternity homes, public or private hospitals, medical clinics, schools and colleges, home-based care providers.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to postgraduates of M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Nurse||Nurses provide and coordinate patient care. They educate patients about various health conditions and also provide advice and emotional support. Major job duties of nurses include monitoring, recording, and reporting symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.||3-5 lacs|
|Nurse Educator||A Nurse Educator teaches aspiring nurses on patient care. They are in charge of developing curricula and teaching nursing subjects using lectures or lab/clinical work. They also act as educators, mentors, or advisors||4-6 lacs|