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.

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 College of Public Health Admissions.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: PH-CERG-PMHN

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 23

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

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. 

Required Courses

NURS 632Pathogenesis of Mental Disorders3
NURS 633Individual Psychotherapy3
NURS 634Group, Family and Couple Psychotherapy1
NURS 743Clinical Psychopharmacology3
NURS 782Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum I4
NURS 783Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar I2
NURS 784Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum II5
NURS 785Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar II2
Total Credits23

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 714Health Assessment in Clinical Practice2
NURS 724Health Assessment Practicum1
NURS 761Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURS 769Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice3
Total Credits9