Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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

Credit Hours: 29 |    Program Length: 17 months  |   Tuition Cost

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Credit Hours: 29 |    Program Length: 17 months  |  

WHY GET A PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE?

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program will prepare the APRN with the knowledge, skills and competencies to assess, diagnose and manage mental health care patients across the lifespan. The program is designed for the licensed APRN who has a master’s degree and at least one year of advanced practice nursing experience. Courses are competency based, and are founded on evidence-based approaches to care management and learning strategies with a commitment to student success and continuous quality improvement embedded within the process.

WHY CHOOSE UNH’S PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM?

This full-time, online graduate certificate program combines the convenience of online learning with high and low-fidelity simulation experiences, competency-based education and guidance of expert faculty. Didactic coursework is completed prior to transitioning into an immersive clinical practicum experience through a minimum of 750 clinical hours and three intensives(a combination of virtual and on-campus) scheduled throughout the program.It’s possible to complete the program in as few as 16months, and you can begin during the fall or spring. After earning your certificate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification examination.

POTENTIAL CAREERS

  • College health
  • Community mental health
  • Consultation liaison
  • Correctional facilities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Inpatient mental health care
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Private practice
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Telehealth services

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)program will prepare the APRN with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to assess, diagnose, and manage mental health care patients across the lifespan. The program is designed for the licensed APRN who has a master’s degree and at least one year of advanced practice nursing experience*. Courses are competency based, founded on evidence-based approaches to care management and learning strategies with commitment to student success and continuous quality improvement embedded within the process.

Synchronous, asynchronous, low and high-fidelity simulation, on campus intensives, and clinical immersion will reinforce didactic content and afford the student the opportunity to transition to an active member of a collaborative mental health care team. Upon successful program completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ANCC board certification exam for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan (PMHNP-BC).

Psychiatric Mental Health Post Masters Certificate Admission Requirements:

  1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  2. At least a master's degree in nursing; current license to practice as an APRN.
  3. Nurse practitioner certification and/or Advanced Practice Nurse specialty with one year of practice experience; prerequisite coursework in prior Nurse Practitioner academic program to fulfill the requirements of ANCC *
  4. 3 professional letters of reference–academic and/or professional.
  5. Personal statement.Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:
    1. This is a post-graduate program that requires a high cognitive load, explain in detail how you are going to prepare yourself for that and manage throughout the program?
    2. Discuss the Post-Master’s PMHNP program, what experiences have contributed to your interest and how do you visualize yourself in this role after graduation?
    3. Where do you visualize yourself in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years?
  6. Resume

*Eligibility for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)certification examination requires completion of the following three separate,comprehensive graduate-level courses:

  • Advanced Physical/Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (through the lifespan)
  • Advanced Pharmacology

Prior coursework will be evaluated during the application process and any noted deficiencies will be disclosed at the time of admission.

In addition to the standard Graduate School requirements, the Department of Nursing and PM-PMHNP program require: 1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States; 2. At least a Master's Degree in Nursing; current license to practice as APRN3. Nurse practitioner certification and/or Advanced Practice Nurse specialty with one year of practice experience; prerequisite coursework in prior Nurse Practitioner academic program to fulfill the requirements of ANCC 4. Three letters of reference. 5. Updated resume. 6. Personal statement/essay response to provided prompts.

Certificate Requirements

NURS 977Neurobiology of Mental Disorders Across the Lifespan2
NURS 978Psychopharmacology of Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan I2
NURS 979Psychopharmacology of Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan II2
NURS 983Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Practice and Assessment3
NURS 986Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (150 Clinical Hours)2
NURS 987Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (200 Clinical Hours)3
NURS 988Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (200 Clinical Hours)2
NURS 989Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV (200 Clinical Hours)2
NURS 990Mental Health & Special Populations3
NURS 991Diagnosis & Management of Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan I3
NURS 992Diagnosis & Management of Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan II3
Total Credits27

Deadlines

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

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1 (Extended Deadline to November 1 for Spring 2023)
  • Summer: N/A

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.

Distance Education Licensing Requirements

NC-SARA does not cover professional licensing board approval for programs leading to state licensure or certification. If the online program that you are considering is designed to lead to professional licensure or certification in your state, please read the professional licensure page at the UNH Online website for more information.

Transcripts

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 upload an official copy of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. 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.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

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. This is a post-graduate program that requires a high cognitive load, explain in detail how you are going to prepare yourself for that and manage throughout the program?
  2. Discuss the Post-Master’s PMHNP program, what experiences have contributed to your interest and how do you visualize yourself in this role after graduation?
  3. Where do you visualize yourself in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years?

Department Requirements

The admission criteria for the PM-PMHNP program includes transcript evidence for advanced pathophysiology throughout the lifespan, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment in order to meet the requirements for ANCC certification testing. Candidates without three separate courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may be required to complete the missing course work before being endorsed for ANCC certification testing.

Based on review of completed application materials, some applicants will be considered further and invited to participate in an interview. Applicants will be contacted if they qualify for this step in the application process.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

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

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit our extended inquiry form before submitting a full application. The extended inquiry form will be reviewed by the academic faculty and a department representative will reach out if your background and qualifications are a good fit for the program. 

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. 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.

Applicants who completed prior nursing education internationally must request and submit verification from CGFNS. CGFNS is the only evaluating body accepted by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for board certification eligibility upon successful program completion. The evaluation determines whether or not prior coursework renders the applicant eligible for eventual ANCC certification and reviews perquisite requirements for the PM-PMHNP program and subsequent certification.

Questions

For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: unh.online@unh.edu or 855.250.6699

Licensing Requirements

Applicants who intend to pursue licensure after completing UNH's online Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate should become familiar with their state's licensure requirements. Students should contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether this program meets online program requirements for licensure in their state. Learn more

Explore Program Details

This full-time graduate certificate program combines the convenience of online learning with clinical practicum experience through a maximum of 750 clinical hours and 3 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.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2022-23 Academic Year*:

  • $785 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $865 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 29

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $27.00
  • 5-8 credits $53.50
  • 9-16 credits $107.00

Course Fees: Specific courses may have additional course fees. Visit the course schedule for more information. 

ADDITIONAL TUITION & FEES INFORMATION 

Course Fees: Specific courses may have additional course fees. Visit the course schedule for more information. 

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans is the form of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1 you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

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 17 months.

PMHNP Sample Schedule

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

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 the 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.