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Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 22 Tuition: $15,582

Overview


Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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. This program covers the full scope of practice and integrates the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders for patients across the lifespan. You will build on your abilities to use comprehensive assessment, psycho-social intervention, and prescription medications in the treatment of individuals with psychiatric needs.

Coursework for this affordable, 100% online program emphasizes advanced psychopharmacology and aligns with NKU’s strategic mission to address a regional opioid issue and our overall commitment to promoting population health as agents of change. 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 online, CCNE-accredited NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate program can be completed in as few as 18 months. Once you finish, you will be eligible to take the ANCC Psychiatric — Mental Health NP certification examination.

In this 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

Courses

In order to earn the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 10 courses comprising 22 credit hours. These include five core courses, four supervised Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and three credit hours for a capstone project. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward achieving your nursing education goals. We've streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible. Applicants for the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions (MSN degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA required), a copy of your current, unencumbered RN license and National NP certification, and 1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN verified by employer.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

Tuition for the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online is $15,582, which includes all required fees. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 10 courses comprising 22 credit hours. These include five core courses, four supervised Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and three credit hours for a capstone project. All courses are seven weeks in length.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced psychopathopharmacological concepts, theories and issues related to neurobiology, genetic and neurocircuitry.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced psychopathopharmacological concepts, theories and issues related to psychiatric and mental health disorders and treatments.

Duration: 7 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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Essential topics in role, ethics, and law specific for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Selected practice issues including professional role responsibilities, informed consent, ethics in psychiatry, risk assessment and legal considerations in the advanced role in psychiatry. Completion of a capstone scholarly project for PMHNP.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your certificate online. Here you can find requirements for admission into the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program, what additional materials you should send and where to send them.

NP – Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate Online Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Valid RN license and national NP certification
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program of nursing
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse. Verification form, click here

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
NP to Psych-Mental Health NP Cert $621 $1,920 $15,582

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the Nurse Practitioner to Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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