Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

 Credit Hours: 16

 Program Length: 12 months

 Cost: $770 / $845 per credit

The University of New Hampshire's Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate is for primary care nurse practitioners who are looking to gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat mental health needs within a variety of patient care settings.

What is psychiatric mental health?

If you’re a primary care nurse practitioner looking to become certified to evaluate and treat the mental health needs of patients, our post-master’s graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health is for you. You’ll learn to care for the psychiatric and mental health needs of patients throughout the lifespan while ensuring patient safety through appropriate treatment plans. Gain the skills to explain the risks and benefits of treatments to patients and their families, and to advocate for complex patient and family medicolegal rights and issues. You’ll also have the knowledge to consult with healthcare providers and others to enhance quality and cost-effective services.

Why study psychiatric mental health at UNH?

This full-time, low-residency graduate certificate program combines the convenience of online learning with clinical practicum experience through a minimum of 500 clinical hours and two on-campus residencies. It’s possible to complete the program in as few as 12 months, and you’ll be able to start during the fall or spring. After earning your certificate, you’ll be qualified to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Potential careers

  • Adolescent inpatient services nurse
  • Correctional facility nurse
  • Emergency psychiatric nurse
  • Mental health agency nurse
  • Outpatient clinic nurse
  • Private practice
  • Substance abuse shelter nurse
  • School nurse
  • Veterans Affairs nurse

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Department of Nursing Mission and Vision

We educate leaders in nursing, engaged in reflective practice, to provide innovative and exemplary healthcare in partnership with individuals, families, groups, and communities. We transform the delivery of healthcare through generation, dissemination, and application of evidence-based nursing knowledge.

We embrace a culture that embodies the University's and the College's vision, mission, and values of interdisciplinarity, scholarship, innovation, integrity, curiosity, openness, and sustainability. 

Curriculum & Requirements

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare the Nurse Practitioner to be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to increase access to mental health services in the region. With a background as an NP, graduates can apply their newly learned skills in their primary care setting offering psychiatric mental health care. Training in both primary care and mental health will afford graduates the ability to manage all aspects of patient care including assessing and managing psychiatric and mental health care needs to all ages in a variety of settings.

This Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Program is designed for the nurse practitioner with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. The aim of the program is to prepare nurse practitioners to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, prescribing psychiatric medications and clinical management needed to treat patients with mental illness and chronic medical co-morbidities.

Courses will embrace a lifespan perspective in psychiatric mental health diagnostic reasoning, psychopharmacology, individual psychotherapies and management of complex psychiatric illnesses giving the student an evidence­-based framework for comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care.

Students admitted to the PM-PMHNP certificate program must maintain continuous enrollment through program completion.

Certificate Requirements

NURS 975Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities3
NURS 976Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3
NURS 977Neurobiology of Mental Disorders2
NURS 978Clinical Psychopharmacology2
NURS 984Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders3
NURS 985Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3
Total Credits16


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: August 1

Application fee: $25

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

References should be substantial with one academic referee (e.g., faculty) and one current nursing professional referee with graduate education who has known you in a mentoring or supervisory capacity.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Department Requirements

Student must hold an unencumbered active RN license in the United States, have a master's degree in nursing and must be certified as a primary care nurse practitioner with a minimum of one-year experience.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: or 855.250.6699

Explore Program Details

This full-time graduate certificate program combines the convenience of online learning with clinical practicum experience through a minimum of 500 clinical hours and two 2-day on-campus residencies. During both residencies, students participate in Observed Standardized Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

Applicants who intend to pursue licensure after completing the post-master's certificate should become familiar with their state's licensure requirements. Students should contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the program meets online program requirements in their state.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2019-20 Academic Year:

  • $770 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $845 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 16 credit hours

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 5-8 credits $51.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50

Course Fees*:

  • $574 NURS 976: OSCEs during 1st Residency & Drug/Alcohol Inital and Random Testing
  • $275 NURS 985: OSCEs during 2nd Residency

*Subject to change


The purpose of this handbook is to bring together important information, and to tell you about other sources of information that are either essential or helpful. It is intended to complement, not replace, the rules and regulations as set forth in the University of New Hampshire Graduate Catalog

Graduate Nursing Handbook

Our program has five 8-week e-terms per academic calendar year. Students who successfully complete two courses per e-term, as outlined below, earn their certificate in 12 months.

PMHNP Sample Schedule