Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Professional Certificate is designed for graduate prepared Nurse Practitioners (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who are seeking to expand their roles via nurse practitioner certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Care.

The curriculum includes foundational and psychiatric care content providing students with the advanced practice skills to effectively manage persons with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on psychobiologic diagnosis and treatment, including psychotherapies for these individuals and their families to promote mental health and prevent subsequent mental disorders.

Clinical experiences are designed so that students provide comprehensive management to psychiatric clients with mental illness in intensive and varied clinical experiences. Culminating clinical management practice provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate concepts from primary health care with their psychiatric knowledge base.

Graduates are eligible for national certification offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and legal certification as a CRNP and prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Curriculum Format

  • Full-time or Part-time (length depends on prior academic preparation)
  • 640 clinical hours (length depends on prior academic preparation)

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the PMHNP are prepared to accomplish the following:

  • Provide comprehensive care to psychiatric clients
  • Conduct psychotherapies for psychiatric clients and their families

Admission Criteria

  • Valid registered nurse license (all students must obtain a Pennsylvania license)
  • Previous MS or MSN as a NP or CNS (from accredited program (ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE)
  • GPA ≥ 3.0 in the MS or MSN degree
  • Official GRE scores (may be waived if GPA ≥ 3.5)
  • Minimum of one year nursing experience recommended
  • Prerequisite statistics course (within 10 years) with grade of B- or higher
  • Pre-admission interview
  • Complete online application
  • International applicants: see and
  • Rolling admissions

Curriculum: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-Professional Certificate) (subject to change)

*Courses with a "D" can be delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.

  • NURNP 2026/2026D* - Role Seminar 1 1 cr.
  • NURNP 2029/2039D* - Role Seminar 2 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2320 - Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2325 - Psychopharmacology 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2330 - Psychiatric Diagnosis Theory 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2331 - Psychiatric Diagnosis Practicum 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2340 - Management Acute/Episodic Health Problems of Psychiatric Patients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2341 - Management Practicum Acute/Episodic Problems of Psychiatric Clients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2345 - Management of Chronic Health Problems of Psychiatric Clients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2346 - Management Practicum Chronic Health Problems of Psychiatric Clients 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2520/2520D* - Management Pediatric Health Theory 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2521 - Management Pediatric Health Clinical 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2540/2540D* - Pediatric Well Child Care Theory 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2526/2526D* - Management Geriatric Health Theory 2 cr.
    Choose any 2 of the 3 Therapy Courses
  • NURCNS 2350/2351 - Group Therapy Theory 2 cr. and Group Therapy Practicum 1 cr. or
    NURCNS 2352/2353 - Family Theory/Therapy Techniques 2 cr. and Family Therapy Role Seminar/Clinical Practicum 1 cr. or
  • NURCNS 2354/2354D*/2355 - Individual Psychotherapy Theory 2 cr. and Individual Psychotherapy Practicum 1 cr.

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