Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

The advanced practice post-master’s certificate programs are currently under revision.

Students must be admitted into the university before registering for this program. 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 state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national PMHNP certification through examination.

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Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program. Students who hold current California certification as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, and students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and/or national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may challenge or request waiver of the coursework required for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, as appropriate to the student’s current specialty. Petitions for challenge or waiver of courses must be initiated upon admission and approved by the MSN chair. Students must show proof of current nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist certification.

Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses20
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Care Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (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 Lifespan2
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 Units49