This certificate prepares students for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role through formal study in the theory and practice of advanced practice psychiatric nursing in a variety of practice settings within the healthcare delivery system. Graduates will be eligible for prescriptive authority and will have the potential to perform a variety of mental health services including medication management and psychotherapy. Course and practice content focus on the assessment and management of serious mental illness.
This graduate certificate may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.
Certification and Role
Graduates of this post-master's certificate are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification examination given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing. Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog and apply using the Application for Graduate Admission. Acceptance to the nursing program is contingent upon admission to the university. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall semester only. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, please refer to CHHS Admissions.
For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
Total credits: 23
Candidates must complete 23 graduate credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work and no more than 3 credits with a grade of C to earn the certificate.
|NURS 632||Pathogenesis of Mental Disorders||3|
|NURS 633||Individual Psychotherapy||3|
|NURS 634||Group, Family and Couple Psychotherapy||1|
|NURS 743||Clinical Psychopharmacology||3|
|NURS 782||Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum I||4|
|NURS 783||Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar I||2|
|NURS 784||Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum II||5|
|NURS 785||Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar II||2|
Additional Coursework for Certification
Applicants who are not already certified as a nurse practitioner will be required to complete the following courses to sit for certification upon graduation:
|NURS 714||Health Assessment in Clinical Practice||2|
|NURS 724||Health Assessment Practicum||1|
|NURS 769||Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice||3|