Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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The University of New Hampshire's Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate is for  the advanced practice registered  nurse (APRN)  looking to gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat mental health needs within a variety of patient care settings.

  Credit Hours: 29 |     Program Length: 17 months

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If you're an advanced practice nurse looking to become certified to evaluate and treat the mental health needs of patients, our post-master’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduate certificate is for you. You'll learn to care for the psychiatric and mental health needs of patients throughout the lifespan while ensuring patient safety through appropriate treatment plans. Gain the skills to explain the risks and benefits of treatments to patients and their families, and to advocate for complex patient and family medicolegal rights and issues. You'll also have the knowledge to consult with healthcare providers and others to enhance quality and cost-effective services.


This full-time, low-residency graduate certificate program combines the convenience of online learning with clinical practicum experience through a minimum of 500 clinical hours and two on-campus residencies. It’s possible to complete the program in as few as 12 months, and you’ll be able to start during the fall or spring. After earning your certificate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.


  • College health
  • Community mental health
  • Consultation liaison
  • Correctional facilities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Inpatient mental health care
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Private practice
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Telehealth services


Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program will prepare the primary care nurse practitioner to provide primary mental health care to diverse clients across the lifespan.  Graduates will be prepared to  manage all aspects of patient care including assessing and managing psychiatric and mental health mental health care needs in a variety of treatment settings.

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed for the primary care nurse practitioner with a master’s degree and at least one year of advanced practice nursing experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. The aim of the program is to prepare nurse practitioners to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, prescribing psychiatric medications and clinical management needed to treat patients with mental illness and chronic medical co-morbidities.

Courses will embrace a lifespan perspective in psychiatric mental health diagnostic reasoning, psychopharmacology, neurobiology, applying psychotherapeutic modalities, individual psychotherapies and management of complex psychiatric illnesses giving the student an evidence­-based framework for comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care.

Certificate Requirements

NURS 975Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities3
NURS 977Neurobiology of Mental Disorders3
NURS 986Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I2
NURS 978Clinical Psychopharmacology3
NURS 984Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders3
NURS 987Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II2
NURS 988Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum III2
NURS 989Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV2
Total Credits20

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