Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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! GW Nursing offers advanced practice 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, interprofessisonal 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.

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Program Information


Admissions Requirements

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited program of nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 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

Note:  GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.

Program Requirements

Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director


For a full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin

Programs of Study

Post-Master's Certificate - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program of study (fall-entry, part-time)

Clinical Requirements

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 course and clinical requirements in their own communities. 

Cost and Aid

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. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.

For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

On-Campus Requirements