Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The option is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and want to learn to care for individuals, across the lifespan, with mental health care needs and to practice in a variety of settings such as clinics, human service centers, urgent care facilities, and physician practices.

Upon successful completion of this certificate option, the student may take the national certification examination.


First Year

Course Semester
512 - Roles & Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing Summer

Second Year

Course Semester
517 - Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan Fall
519 - Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan Fall
529 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan Spring
566 - Family Mental Health Psycho-Pharmacology Spring

Third Year

Course Semester
568 - Advanced Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions Fall
569 - FPMHNP Practicum I Fall
707 - Principles of Epidemiology & Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice* Fall
570 - Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Diagnosis & Management of Children & Adolescents Spring
571 - FPMHNP Practicum II Spring

Fourth Year

Course Semester
572 - Advanced Psychiatric Nursing - Diagnosis & Management of Adults & Specialty Populations Fall
573 - FPMHNP Practicum III Fall
650 - FPMHNP Practicum IV Spring
707 - Principles of Epidemiology & Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice* Spring

*Note: 707 may be taken either of these two times (Fall 3 or Spring 4)

Gainful Employment

The Post Graduate Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is identified as a Gainful Employment (GE) Program.