Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

APU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty prepares students to help clients with psychiatric and mental health problems across the lifespan.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program prepares students as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for clients with psychiatric and mental health problems across the lifespan. Nurses are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PMHNP certification through examination. Note: Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program (see Admission section below).

Requirements 

Advanced Practice Core Courses14
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses29
GNRS 533Psychiatric Theories across the Life Span2
GNRS 534Integrated Psychiatric and Health Assessment across the Life Span2
GNRS 535Psychiatric Interventions and Health Promotion across the Life Span6 (3/3)
GNRS 536Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Adults and Older Adults6 (3/3)
GNRS 537Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Children and Adolescents6 (3/3)
GNRS 538Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Selected Populations5 (2/3)
GNRS 539Psychopharmacology2
Total Units43

Admission

University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.