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 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.

Credit Hours: 20 |    Program Length: 12 months

The AANP 2020 National NP Sample Survey shows that Nurse Practitioners with a Psychiatric/Mental Health certification moved up into the top five certifications in 2020. AANP President Sophia Thomas: “Findings from this survey emphasize NPs’ effective role in the continuum of care...The confidence that patients have in the health care they receive from NPs is evidenced by more than 1 billion visits made annually.”

WHY GET A PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE?

If you're an advanced practice nurse looking to become certified to evaluate and treat the mental health needs of patients, our post-master’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduate certificate 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 CHOOSE UNH’S PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM?

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 eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 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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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

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 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program will prepare the primary care nurse practitioner to provide primary mental health care to diverse clients across the lifespan.  Graduates will be prepared to  manage all aspects of patient care including assessing and managing psychiatric and mental health mental health care needs in a variety of treatment settings.

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed for the primary care nurse practitioner with a master’s degree and at least one year of advanced practice nursing 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, neurobiology, applying psychotherapeutic modalities, individual psychotherapies and management of complex psychiatric illnesses giving the student an evidence­-based framework for comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care.

Certificate Requirements

NURS 975Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities3
NURS 977Neurobiology of Mental Disorders3
NURS 986Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I2
NURS 978Clinical Psychopharmacology3
NURS 984Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders3
NURS 987Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II2
NURS 988Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III2
NURS 989Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV2
Total Credits20

Deadlines

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

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • 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 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 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 are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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. How will obtaining PMHNP certification allow for you to contribute to the delivery of mental health care in your community? How do you see your role changing after obtaining your PMHNP certification?
  2. Provide an example of a past experience that contributed to your interest in seeking PMHNP certification.
  3. Beyond what is in your resume, what strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program?

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

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. 

Enrollment Deposit

This program requires an enrollment deposit of $200. If admitted the deposit will be due by the deadline specified in your admit letter. For more information please see our enrollment deposits help page.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

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

Faculty and Student Spotlights

  • A Journey of Discovery
    Michael Robustelli knows from experience that the path of discovery is not a straight line. During a lucrative career as a commodities trader in NYC, Michael felt something was missing. “My dad tells me that at age seven I wanted to become a doctor,” he remarks with a smile. “I needed to get back...
    A Journey of Discovery
    Michael Robustelli knows from experience that the path of discovery is not a straight line. During a lucrative career as a commodities trader in NYC, Michael felt something was missing. “My dad tells me that at age seven I wanted to become a doctor,” he remarks with a smile. “I needed to get back...
  • An Open Heart
    Openness is a way of life for Isaac Ndungu, 2020 graduate of the UNH Online post master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Originally from Kenya, he emigrated to the United States in 1983 to study industrial engineering and later attended the University of Massachusetts for...
    An Open Heart
    Openness is a way of life for Isaac Ndungu, 2020 graduate of the UNH Online post master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Originally from Kenya, he emigrated to the United States in 1983 to study industrial engineering and later attended the University of Massachusetts for...
  • The Nuances of Care
    Sara Robinson is a Wildcat. She attended UNH as an undergraduate and worked with UNH Health Services, her grandmother served on the UNH Nursing Department faculty, and she met her future husband on campus. Feeling right at home as the new Program Director of the Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental...
    The Nuances of Care
    Sara Robinson is a Wildcat. She attended UNH as an undergraduate and worked with UNH Health Services, her grandmother served on the UNH Nursing Department faculty, and she met her future husband on campus. Feeling right at home as the new Program Director of the Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental...
  • A Powerful Voice
    Finding one’s voice is not always about learning to sing. It is about discovering the inner voice that can identify unexpressed emotions, which in turn allows healing to take place. Nicole Coggins has a talent for helping others find their voice and, in so doing, has found her own. Her positive...
    A Powerful Voice
    Finding one’s voice is not always about learning to sing. It is about discovering the inner voice that can identify unexpressed emotions, which in turn allows healing to take place. Nicole Coggins has a talent for helping others find their voice and, in so doing, has found her own. Her positive...
  • Peeling the Onion
    What do karate movies and mental health have in common? In two words: Lisa Brown. If you have an opportunity to meet Lisa, you’ll understand that these two things live comfortably together because her energetic character encompasses a wide outlook, much like her 23-year nursing career. Lisa started...
    Peeling the Onion
    What do karate movies and mental health have in common? In two words: Lisa Brown. If you have an opportunity to meet Lisa, you’ll understand that these two things live comfortably together because her energetic character encompasses a wide outlook, much like her 23-year nursing career. Lisa started...

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.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2021-22 Academic Year*:

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

Program Total Number of Credits: 20

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits: $26.00
  • 5-8 credits: $52.50
  • 9-16 credits: $105.00

Course Fees*:

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

*Subject to change

ADDITIONAL TUITION & FEES 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 12 months.

PMHNP Sample Schedule