Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certificate

The Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certificate program is designed for those nurses who hold the master's degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing or another nursing specialty and are seeking preparation for the role of psychiatric nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the certificate program students are eligible to sit for the psychiatric nurse practitioner certificate examination. Post MSN students who do not have their MSN in Psychiatric Nursing will be assessed on an individual basis and may have to take additional course work in the track to acquire the competencies required to be eligible to sit for national certification.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold an earned master's degree with a specialty of psychiatric nursing
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the master's degree
  • Interview prior to beginning the program

Application Deadline

Applications to the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certificate program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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