PMHNP Certificate Program

Post-Masters/Post-Doctoral Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program

The PMHNP certification program is 28-31 credits with 560-616 practicum hours. The variation in credit and practicum hours is based on prior education. This certification program is intended to attract nurse practitioners who want to expand their knowledge and manage care of individuals across the lifespan experiencing psychiatric problems. Emphasis is placed on interprofessional educational competencies as well as caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a PMHNP.

Educational Objectives:

The PMHNP Certification Program is designed to prepare certified registered PMHNPs who:

  1. Utilize expert communication and leadership skills with interdisciplinary teams to ensure quality of care of patients experiencing mental illness;
  2. Employ clinical reasoning to aid in the differential diagnosis of both medical and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan;
  3. Utilize pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and complementary interventions using an evidence-based practice approach in the provision of treatment to individuals across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders;
  4. Function as team leaders to facilitate collaborative, interprofessional teamwork to ensure safe, patient-centered care;
  5. Demonstrate culturally competent care in the provision of treatment to individuals across the life span experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disorders.

Program Format

The PMHNP Certificate program is completed in five semesters. Courses include lecture, seminar/discussion, using video teleconferencing, or classroom instruction depending on the your location, distance learning, and practicum experiences. Practicum courses include clinical experience in health care settings in your area.

Admission Criteria

A requirement for admission to the program is national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), or Adult PMHNP. All students applying to the program will undergo a transcript review. Necessary pre-requisites include graduate level courses in Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment/Diagnosis. Other admission requirements include:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • National certification as a nurse practitioner
  • A minimum QPA of 3.25*
  • Current CV or resume
  • Essay on goals and expectations for education and career
  • A faculty interview
  • 2 professional letters of recommendations

*If the QPA is below 3.25 the student may be given the option of taking the GRE for admission consideration

AIME Project with Spring Semester Start**

Course Credits Hours
Year 1—Spring Semester
Principles of Biological Psychiatry NURS 9010 2
Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan NURS 9210 3
Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan Practicum for the APRN NURS 9230 2 112
Year 1—Summer Semester
Individual Therapy NURS 9330 2
Individual Therapy Practicum NURS 9335 2 112
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents* NURS 9120 2
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents—Practicum* NURS 9125 1 56
Year 1—Fall Semester
Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan NURS 9110 3
Year 2—Spring Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—I NURS 9310 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—I Practicum for the APRN NURS 9340 2 112
Family Therapy NURS 9510 2 112
Family Therapy Practicum NURS 9515 2
Year 2—Fall Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—II NURS 9320 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—II Practicum for the APRN NURS 9350 2 112
TOTAL 28/31* 560/616*

 

AIME Project with Summer Semester Start

Course Credits Hours
Year 1—Summer Semester
Principles of Biological Psychiatry NURS 9010 2
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents* NURS 9120 2
Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents—Practicum* NURS 9125 1 56
Year 1—Fall Semester
Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan NURS 9110 3
Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan NURS 9210 3
Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan Practicum for the APRN NURS 9230 2 112
Year 1—Spring Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—I NURS 9310 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—I Practicum for the APRN NURS 9340 2 112
Family Therapy NURS 9510 2 112
Family Therapy Practicum NURS 9515 2
Year 2—Summer Semester
Individual Therapy NURS 9330 2
Individual Therapy Practicum NURS 9335 2 112
Year 2—Fall Semester
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—II NURS 9320 3
Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan—II Practicum for the APRN NURS 9350 2 112
TOTAL 28/31* 560/616*
* FNPs will not take Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents
**Course offerings subject to change