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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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

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 the program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam. 

Admissions Requirements*

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants must also hold an unencumbered active RN license in the United States and must be licensed as an advanced practice nurse and certified as a primary care nurse practitioner, with a minimum of one year experience.

Submit an application to the UNH Graduate School with the following:

  • Prior college transcripts
  • Two letters  of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement Essay

Graduate SChool Admissions Information

*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.

Application Deadlines

Priority consideration is given to students whose applications and required materials are received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall/August Admission (e-Term 1):  Applications due March 1st 
  • Spring/January Admission (e-Term 3):  Applications due August 1st

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2018-19 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:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $56.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50


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.

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