Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

This online nursing program covers the full scope of practice and integrates the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders for patients across the life span.

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Program Overview

Get to know our Nurse Practitioner to PMHNP Certificate online program

Take your nurse practitioner experience to the next level and qualify for leading roles in the mental health field with this Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Northern Kentucky University. You will build on your abilities to use comprehensive assessment, psycho-social intervention, and prescription medications in the treatment of individuals with psychiatric needs.

Featuring 100% online coursework, this affordable, 100% online PMHNP program emphasizes advanced psychopharmacology and aligns with NKU's strategic mission to address a regional opioid issue and our overall commitment to be agents of change by promoting population health. You will learn to assess risk and determine effective treatment by synthesizing neuroscientific principles, neurophysiological theory, and a broad range of therapeutic methods with patients' lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economics, and genetics.

Our CCNE-accredited NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program can be completed in an accelerated timeframe. Once you finish, you will be eligible to take the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health NP certification examination.

In this online program, you will:

  • Engage with, assess, diagnose, and suggest treatment and management for patients of all ages in a series of supervised clinical residencies
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Assess risk of psychiatric mental health problems by studying variables such as lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economics, and genetics
  • Explore the appropriate clinical application of non-pharmacological methodologies and interventions including group, play, and family therapies while analyzing the use of self, the therapist-patient relationship, and phases of the therapeutic relationship
  • Demonstrate effective communication in order to facilitate nursing practice at an advanced level
  • Utilize cultural, genetic, religious, and behavioral laboratory data as well as patient history, neuroscientific principles, and his or her comprehensive assessment to form diagnoses
  • Engage with, assess, diagnose, and suggest treatment and management for patients of all ages in a series of supervised clinical residencies
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Assess risk of psychiatric mental health problems by studying variables such as lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economics, and genetics
  • Explore the appropriate clinical application of non-pharmacological methodologies and interventions including group, play, and family therapies while analyzing the use of self, the therapist-patient relationship, and phases of the therapeutic relationship
  • Demonstrate effective communication in order to facilitate nursing practice at an advanced level
  • Utilize cultural, genetic, religious, and behavioral laboratory data as well as patient history, neuroscientific principles, and his or her comprehensive assessment to form diagnoses

As a graduate and a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, you will be qualified to practice in many public and private healthcare settings, such as:

  • Hospitals, clinics and mental health facilities
  • County and municipal health departments
  • Military and veteran hospitals
  • Private PMHNP practices or consulting organizations
  • Hospitals, clinics and mental health facilities
  • County and municipal health departments
  • Military and veteran hospitals
  • Private PMHNP practices or consulting organizations

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Nursing programs online. View our online healthcare programs.

Total Tuition $11,784
Program Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 19

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Tuition

Benefit from our budget-friendly, pay-by-the-course tuition

The NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $11,784
Per Credit Hour $550
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Calendar

Know when to apply, when classes start, when tuition is due

The NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program is flexible and efficient for busy schedules, with accelerated courses that start multiple times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, and be sure to submit your application, registration, documents and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Spring 11/8/241/2/241/4/241/5/241/8/24
Spring 23/11/242/29/243/4/243/8/243/11/24
Summer 15/6/244/24/244/30/245/3/245/6/24
Summer 26/24/246/12/246/18/246/21/246/24/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24

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Apply Date 2/29/24
Class Starts 3/11/24
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Admissions

See how to apply to the online nurse practitioner to PMHNP program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online. Before you apply, please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. Requirements for admission to this program include:

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher on accredited MSN degree
  • Valid NP nursing license and National NP certification
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse

NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate Online Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Valid NP nursing license and National NP certification
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA-accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse; fill out the verification form here
  • A criminal background check (state and federal) is required for admission to the program. Applicants are required to use PreCheck StudentCheck to purchase the background check. Instructions on how to purchase and initiate the background check can be found here.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

Preview what you’ll study in our PMHNP online courses

For the NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program, students must complete a total of 19 credit hours. These include five core courses and four supervised Psych-Mental Health NP clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours. All courses are seven weeks in length.

Student must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced psychopathopharmacological concepts, theories and issues related to neurobiology, genetic and neurocircuitry.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced psychopathopharmacological concepts, theories and issues related to psychiatric and mental health disorders and treatments.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The process of history taking, neuroscientific principles, current edition of DSM and data from the comprehensive assessment will be applied in reaching a final diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and possible differential diagnosis. Cultural, genetic, religious, and behavioral and laboratory data will be utilized in the formulation of differential diagnoses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course includes non-pharmacological methodologies and interventions including individual therapies; group therapies; reminiscence therapy; play therapy; family therapies; and complementary and alternative approaches will be studied. Exploration of appropriate clinical application of each therapeutic approach. The use of self, the therapist-patient relationship, phases of the therapeutic relationship, teaching-coaching functions.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Integrate comprehensive assessment, neurophysiological theory, diagnosis and its application in the process of psychopharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of individuals with psychiatric mental health problems. The variables of lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economic and genetics will be incorporated along with risk assessments.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The first in a series of courses comprised of a supervised PMHNP clinical residency in a variety of settings. Students will engage patients across the lifespan integrating and synthesizing psychopharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the psychiatric mental health patient.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The second in a series of courses comprised of a supervised PMHNP clinical residency in a variety of settings. Students will engage patients across the lifespan integrating and synthesizing psychopharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the psychiatric mental health patient.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The third in a series of courses comprised of a supervised PMHNP clinical residency in a variety of settings. Students will engage patients across the lifespan integrating and synthesizing psychopharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the psychiatric mental health patient.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The fourth in a series of courses comprised of a supervised PMHNP clinical residency in a variety of settings. Students will engage patients across the lifespan integrating and synthesizing psychopharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the psychiatric mental health patient.

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