Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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The post-masters psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduate certificate provides candidates with the educational foundation to diagnose and manage individuals of all ages experiencing psychiatric diagnoses.

This program is for primary care nurse practitioners and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who want to expand their knowledge and manage care of individuals across the lifespan. Prerequisites include graduate-level courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment and diagnosis. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be eligible for national certification as a PMHNP.

This certificate program can be completed in five semesters one day per week within a traditional classroom setting or online, as a standalone certificate, or paired with the online master’s-to-DNP degree.

RMU also offers students the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) program, whose mission is to expand the number of psychiatric mental health care providers and educate future Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to provide evidence-based holistic care as part of an interprofessional team to individuals of all ages experiencing mental health problems.

Graduates of the PMHNP certification program are eligible to take the PMHNP specialty ANCC national certification exam.

Contact Information

Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC
PMHNP Program Coordinator

Admissions Requirements

A requirement for admission to the post-master's/post-doctoral PMHNP certification program and combined DNP/PMHNP certification program is national certification as a primary care nurse practitioner. 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
  • A faculty interview
  • 2 professional recommendations

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Health Assessment of Children
Psychiatric Diagnosis

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