The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the United States only has adequate mental health care provision for 28.1% of the population as of September 2021. If you’re a working nurse with an MSN and at least one year of experience in a mental health setting, you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and help to bridge the gap.
D’Youville University offers an online post-master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program you can complete in one to two years of study. Through a blend of interactive online coursework plus 540 hours of hands-on clinical practicum experience, this advanced nursing certificate program covers topics including:
Study with clinically experienced D’Youville nursing faculty and expand your peer network—all while preparing to become a provider of primary mental health care.
The online PMHNP certificate is a 30-credit graduate certificate program for working nurses who:
-Have an active, unencumbered RN license
-Hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree
-Have at least one year of work experience in a psychiatric or mental health setting
If you pursue the PMHNP certificate as a full-time student, you can complete the program in as little as one year. If you earn the degree while continuing to work, you can finish in as few as two years. Whichever option you choose, you’ll have more control over your schedule thanks to the flexibility of classes that are mainly delivered online.
This program meets licensure requirements in the state of New York. Note that PMHNP is not a recognized credential for Extended Class Advanced Practice Certification as a nurse practitioner in Ontario.
We require that applicants hold a master’s degree and have completed at least one year of practice as a registered nurse in a psychiatric or mental health setting. To apply, prospective students must:
*Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
**A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.
Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.
|Full Program Tuition||$977 per credit hour||$29,310|
|Full Program Fees||$160 (full time)*||$640|
|Full Program Total||$29,950|
Becoming certified as a PMHNP prepares you for mental health care service in community settings as well as inpatient mental health facilities. General demand for nurse practitioners across all specialties is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners will grow by 52% from 2020-2030, making this one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.
PMHNPs support patient mental health through assessment, diagnosis, and counseling. Although their exact scope of practice may vary by state, PHMNPs can generally provide mental health counseling, make referrals, and prescribe medications. As of May 2021, nurse practitioners across all specialties earned a median annual salary of $120,680 per year.