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James F. Adams, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Assistant Professor
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5943
James Adams has taught in the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program (SCAN and ELM) and in other School of Nursing graduate programs for the last four years. He collaborated on the development of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, which started in 2009 and was awarded a three-year California Department of Mental Health Student Educational Grant. Adams has also developed many clinical facility affiliation agreements, instituted a recovery model curriculum, and collaborated with APU Theater to begin innovative psychotherapy practice modules for PMHNP students in learning/practicing psychotherapy.

Adams believes that the most critical factors in becoming an effective nurse practitioner are learning to offer hope, learning to instill self-responsibility and empowerment, and learning to help individuals seek a meaningful role in life.


M.S., Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University

Preparatory Academic Nursing Faculty Program (Post-Master’s), Azusa Pacific University


  • School of Nursing
    • Graduate Programs


  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychopharmacotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Substance Abuse

Courses Taught

GNRS 534 – Psychiatric Assessment across the Life Span
GNRS 535 – Psychiatric Interventions and Health Promotion across the Life Span
GNRS 584 – Mental Health Nursing

Office Hours

Monday–Tuesday 1–4 p.m., Wednesday 1–2 p.m.

Office Location

Building One, Room 316, West Campus

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