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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Nursing, Certificate

College of Nursing

Prepare to provide holistic mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care.

The certificate is restricted to students who hold a master’s degree in nursing. The curriculum augments prior graduate study through advanced practice preparation. This curriculum prepares nurses to sit for national certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Program Highlights

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    Learn Any Time

    Fit education around your work and home life with flexible, online delivery of program coursework.

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    Clinical Care

    Gain hands-on clinical experience with preceptors and telehealth delivery to patients in rural areas.

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    Innovative Tools

    Learn in campus immersions with simulation tools, simulators and robotics replicating real scenarios.

What You’ll Study

This post-master’s graduate certificate program is a minimum of 18 credits (32 for non-APRNs) and takes a minimum of four semesters (six semesters for non-APRNs) to complete. The program includes didactic, clinical and immersion requirements.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Nurse-Managed Clinic Employee
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Nurse
  • Home Health Specialist
  • Private Psychiatrist
  • Addiction Center Specialist

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Mental Health Care