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

This innovative online nursing program prepares you to pass the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health NP exam and transition to professional opportunities working with mental healthcare organizations or independently in your own private practice.

10/01/20 Next Application Due Date
10/14/20 Start Classes

Program Overview

$20,312 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
34 Credit Hours

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. 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 be agents of change by promoting population health.

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
CCNE

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Master of Science in Nursing degrees, an RN to BSN, a Post-Master's DNP, and several nursing certificates online. Check out our other online nursing programs.

Tuition

Our affordable Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program offers the same pay-as-you-go tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$550 Per Credit Hour
$20,312 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate $550 $1,612 $20,312

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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NKU is ranked #23 in the "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)

Calendar

The Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate program is delivered in a flexible online format featuring 7-week courses and six start dates a year. View the calendar to find the best class start for you and note the associated deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/01/20 Apply By
10/14/20 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/22/20 06/25/20 06/29/20 08/14/20
Fall 1 08/17/20 08/05/20 08/10/20 08/13/20 08/17/20 10/02/20
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online program features a streamlined admission process so you can get started right away. Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. Requirements for admission include:

3.0 GPA or higher on accredited MSN degree
1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN
RN license current and unencumbered

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Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Online Admission 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 nursing 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

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

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

graduate@nku.edu

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Courses

For the Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP Certificate online, students must complete 14 courses, comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses (27 credit hours), four supervised Psych-Mental Health NP clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and 3 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 3 credit hours, as part of the online Post-Master's Psych-Mental Health NP 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. Prerequisites: MSN 602 or DNP 800, DNP 816, MSN 601, MSN 612, and MSN 674. Co-requisite: MSN 668L.

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