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Psychiatry Training



Psychiatry Training Module


Depending on the experience and prior psychiatry training of the primary care physician or mid-level clinician, our training can range from 20 hours to over 100 hours. The majority of the clinicians we train come from family nurse practitioner or primary care physician or physician assistant backgrounds, but we also provide advanced training for NPs or PAs who already have experience or even specialty board certification in psychiatry.


Our training protocol is briefly outlined below.


Didactic Training


Our graduates complete a comprehensive evidence-based training program in clinical psychiatry. Academic topics covered in their psychiatric training include:


  • Neuroanatomy and physiology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychiatric interviewing
  • DSM V diagnosing
  • Treatment planning
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Mood stabilizing medications
  • Antidepressant medications
  • Anxiolytic medications
  • Sedative/hypnotic medications
  • Cognitive enhancer medications
  • Movement disorder medications
  • Psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatments
  • Geropsychiatry
  • Correctional Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Violence Risk Assessment
  • Suicide Risk Assessment


Clinical Training


On the Job Clinical Support


One key to our success has also been our intensive live on the job clinical support. After finishing our core didactic knowledge training course, the next month a nurse practitioner, primary care physician or physician assistant is working in psychiatry, they will not be alone.  In our training package we include complete, case-by-case support via web, text and live communication to help the initial period of transition into this new clinical specialty. Typically this support lasts through the first month of work with psychiatric patients. After the first month, almost all of our graduates have been comfortable and fully functional in their new role. If additional on the job clinical support is needed, we can provide it. We also provide a simulated patient psychiatric evaluation video course to all of our training students.


This on the job clinical support is also available for nurse practitioners or physician assistants who received their psychiatry training outside of KetchMed or who are already working in psychiatry.


Our nurse practitioner, primary care physician, and physician assistant graduates are prepared for working with the following conditions and in the following settings:


  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma Related Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Inpatient Units
  • Subacute Units
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Stabilization Units
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities


Clinical Services


Our nurse practitioner and physician assistant graduates are capable of providing the following clinical services:


  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Clinical Evaluations
  • Differential Diagnosis Formulation
  • Psychiatric Treatment Planning
  • Medication Administration and Ongoing Management
  • Multidisciplinary Treatment Team Consultation


If you are interested in learning more about our training and job placement program, Employers submit information here and NP/PAs submit information here.