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Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 18 months Credit Hours: 34 Tuition: $23,226

Overview


Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Expand your professional practice into the mental health sector with the Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online from Northern Kentucky University. This accelerated certificate program is an expansive addition to your MSN and will enable you to treat individuals and families with acute or chronic psychiatric needs using comprehensive assessment, psycho-social intervention, and prescription medications, integrating the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders for patients of all ages.

Coursework for this 34 credit hour program is delivered online with embedded supervised clinical residencies in a variety of settings. Designed to help you achieve your professional goals, the rigorous curriculum prepares you to pass the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health NP exam so you can transition into a mental healthcare organization or work independently in your own private practice.

The program's mental health nursing courses synthesize neuroscientific principles, neurophysiological theory, and a broad range of therapeutic methods including how to incorporate variables of lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economics, and genetics into risk assessments. The curriculum 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.

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 Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 14 courses comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses, four supervised Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinical residencies, 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

We've streamlined the admission process to make it as quick and easy as possible. Applicants for the Post-Master's 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 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 Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online degree program is $23,226, 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 Post-Master's 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 Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 14 courses, comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses (27 credit hours), four credit hours of supervised Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinical residencies, and three credit hours for a capstone project.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of advanced skills in assessment of physical, cognitive, nutritional and functional domains: integration of appropriate test data and diagnostic reasoning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of pharmacological physiology of selected therapeutic agents; pharmacological management of clients, including drug selection, client/family education, and monitoring and evaluating pharmacological interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the history and role of Advanced Practice Nurses. This includes an overview of the role of the Advance Practice Nurse as a Provider, Consultant, Educator, Researcher, Collaborator, Leader and Administrator. Selected legal, practice, and ethical issues are explored. Nursing theory is incorporated into the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systems-based approach designed to study the physiology and pathophysiology relating to human health. Integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for homeostasis and cellular adaptation will serve as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management in clinical practice.

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.

Students must take the following course, totaling three credit hours, as part of the online Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate practicum.

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. Find out the requirements for the Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Cert Online Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Verification of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state in which you are licensed and practice.
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 hours of work experience. 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 a Post-Master's 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
Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Cert $621 $2,112 $23,226

Scholarships may be available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 13, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 October 4, 2019
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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