The Certificate: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program option offers registered nurses the opportunity to expand their scope of practice to include the care of individuals, families and groups with psychiatric and mental health needs.
Our lifespan curriculum is a synthesis of knowledge derived from nursing science, neuroscience, behavioral change theories, motivational theories, learning theories and other psychotherapeutic frameworks to provide a holistic perspective from which to assess, diagnose, treat, manage and evaluate acute and chronic mental illnesses.
You will learn about neuropsychopharmacology, interprofessional collaborative practice, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, health policy, family systems theory, psychotherapy, group therapy, care of vulnerable populations, promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and other mental illnesses across the lifespan.
Who Should Apply
If you are interested in serving patients with mental health needs, our Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-master’s certificate option is for you!
About the Program
Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]
A completed application includes the following components:
- Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
- Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
- Successful completion of graduate-level courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and advanced health assessment
- An active RN license
- Current CPR certificate
- Immunization records, including PPD, Hepatitis B, MMR, varicella (titer required), and TD or TDap
- GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.
The Certificate: Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner program consists of 22 credit hours and 600 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.
Program of Study
For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.
Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the Certificate program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.
Students will complete a total of 600 clinical hours distributed over the course of the program. Clinical rotations begin with the first course, NURS 6245: Psychiatric/Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment Across the Lifespan.
Our certificate program’s online format allows practicing APRNs to advance their education while completing the course and clinical requirements in their own communities.
Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.
This program qualifies for Title IV funding. For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.
Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.
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