Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Four-semester part-time hybrid program

The post-professional certificate program prepares graduates with specialization as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The program is an option for advanced practice registered nurses with a M.S. or D.N.P. Graduates earn a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner post-professional certificate and are eligible to apply for certification with a national certifying agency.

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  • Expand your practice abilities and advance your career with a low-cost and time-efficient certificate
  • Sit for the national certification exam without earning a separate degree

Program Details

In the post-professional certificate program, students will expand their scope of practice and develop new skills and knowledge to independently assess, diagnose and provide treatment in a new specialty. The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration prepares graduates to provide psychiatric care to individuals and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of care.

Your coursework will focus on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. You will learn about a variety of types of interventions to support and promote mental health and be introduced to topics such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, nonpharmacologic interventions, and advanced therapeutic communication.  Through your coursework and practicum experiences, you will develop advanced clinical skills that will prepare you for success in your future career as a PMHNP.

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Guaranteed Admission

Students who graduate with the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from the VCU School of Nursing are guaranteed admission to any VCU nursing graduate program provided they meet the requirements for admission and there is program space availability. Contact for more info.