Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Program Credits

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 via synchronous distance education.

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

Course Plan
  • NURS9010 Principles of Biological Psychiatry - Summer
  • NURS9120/9125 Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents/Practicum (56 clinical hours) - Summer
  • NURS9110 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan - Fall
  • NURS9210/9230 Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan/Practicum for the APRN (112 clinical hours) - Fall
  • NURS9310/9340 Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I/Practicum (112 clinical hours) - Spring
  • NURS9510/9515 Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Families/Practicum (112 clinical hours) - Spring
  • NURS9330/9335 Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Individuals/Practicum (112 clinical hours) - Summer
  • NURS9320/9350 Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II/Practicum (112 clinical hours) - Fall
Admissions Requirements

Sample Courses:

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

Health Assessment of Children
Psychiatric Diagnosis