Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

Program length: 24 months

Program start: Summer, January Term (J-term), or Spring

Total credit hours: 41

Class schedule: For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

The Post Graduate Certificate curriculum consists of the specialty track coursework for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Most students will have completed NURS 580, 582, and 583 before starting the program, but they need to be included in the curriculum for accreditation purposes.  A formal Gap Analysis will be conducted per CCNE and NTF standards to ensure students have the coursework required for national certification as a PMHNP.

Curriculum for PMHNP Post Graduate Certificate

First Year: Summer 9 credits

NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS 582 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits, 30 clinical hours)
NURS 583 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)

First Year: Fall 10 credits

NURS 651 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
NURS 653 PMHNP I: Psychopathology, Assessment, Diagnosis and Management Across the Lifespan (7 credits, 180 clinical hours)

First Year: J-term 4 credits

NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2 credits)
NURS 652 Management of Substance-related and Addictive Disorders  (2 credits)
** Note: January term is not eligible for federal student aid**

First Year: Spring 6 credits

NURS 654 PMHNP II: Psychopathology, Assessment, Diagnosis and Management Across the Lifespan (6 credits, 180 clinical hours)

Second Year: Summer 4 credits

NURS 655 PMHNP III: Psychotherapies Across the Lifespan (4 credits, 120 clinical hours)

Second Year: Fall 4 credits

NURS 656 PMHNP IV: Psychotherapies Across the Lifespan (4 credits, 120 clinical hours)

Second Year: Spring 4 credits

NURS 657 PMHNP Capstone (4 credits)