Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate
Description of the Program
The Post-Graduate PMHNP Program prepares graduates to function as psychiatric nurse practitioners. PMHNPs provide treatment of psychiatric disorders for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of clinical settings using therapeutic techniques and pharmacological treatments. This course of study will enable students to expand their abilities and employment opportunities and prepares them to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
Three tracks are available, one for applicants who are certified as FNPs or ANPs with no psychiatric mental health experience, one for applicants who are Adult or Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), and one for applicants who have an MSN without APRN status.
PMHNP Certificate End-of-Program/Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Post-Graduate PMHNP Certificate program, the learner will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge and theory into evidence-based advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary groups within the role and scope of advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
- Demonstrate sound critical thinking and clinical decision-making.
- Provide holistic care that is culturally proficient with diverse groups and communities. Incorporate ethical and legal principles in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
- Integrate effective communication in the advanced psychiatric mental health nursing role.
- Build on graduate level nursing education to acquire essential competencies for advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
PMHNP Certificate Admission Requirements
Students who meet the requirements noted below may apply for admission to the PMHNP Certificate program. The requirements for admission to the program include:
- Submission of the Washburn University graduate degree seeking application (available online).
- Official transcripts sent to the School of Nursing (MSN or DNP).
- Evidence of current licensure in the states of residence and practice as a registered nurse and APRN (if applicable).
- Submission of completed application to include two references from current or past employers, faculty, or professional peers.
- Current resume.
- GPA of 3.25 or above in previous graduate work preferred.
The School of Nursing Graduate Admission, Progression, and Retention (GAPR) Committee reviews all applicants. The GAPR committee will make admission decisions.
The School of Nursing seeks applicants who exhibit the interpersonal skills and behaviors that enable them to work compatibly with others. Applicants seeking admission should demonstrate emotional maturity, personal integrity, and ethical responsibility. Applicants should possess the flexibility to deal with unexpected situations and should demonstrate a willingness to utilize constructive feedback to develop behaviors characteristic of a professional. The School of Nursing reserves the right to withhold admission to or withdraw students from the program who do not demonstrate these professional behaviors.
PMHNP Certificate Application Procedures
- Submit the Washburn University graduate application at https://applyweb.com/washburn/index.ftl. The online application includes:
- Two references from current or past employers, faculty, or professional peers.
- $40 application fee.
- Current resume.
- Request official transcripts be sent directly to the School of Nursing (MSN and/or DNP applicable).
- Submit evidence of current licensure in the states of residence and practice as a registered nurse and APRN.
- National certifications if available.
Transfer of credits from another graduate nursing program is considered on a case-by-case basis after review of appropriate course syllabi. Up to 12 credit hours may be transferred from another program. The applicant must have received a grade of “B” or better in the course(s) being considered. Academic credit is not given for life or work experience.
Course Requirements for FNP Applicants
|NU 826||Advanced Pscyhiatric Interviewing Differential Diagnosis||2|
|NU 828||Advanced Psychopharmacology/Neurobiology||3|
|NU 850||Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing I||3|
|NU 852||Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Practicum I 1||2|
|NU 854||Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II||3|
|NU 856||Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II Practicum 1||3|
|NU 858||Advanced Practice Psychiatric Special Focus Practicum 1||4|
Additional Course Requirements for ANP Applicants
|NU 821||Advanced Pathophysiology Family||1|
|NU 823||Advanced Pharmacology Pediatric||1|
|NU 825||Advanced Health Assessment Child/Adolescent||1|
Additional Course Requirements for Psychiatric CNS Applicants
|NU 821||Advanced Pathophysiology Family 2||1|
|NU 823||Advanced Pharmacology Pediatric 2||1|
|NU 825||Advanced Health Assessment Child/Adolescent 2||1|
|NU 860||Special Topics: Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Child/Adolescent||1-2|
Additional Course Requirements for Applicants without APRN Status
|NU 813||Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Roles||2|
|NU 820||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NU 822||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NU 824||Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis||4|
PMH Practicum hours are at a 4:1 ratio
If needed as determined by gap analysis
Following review of the applicant’s transcripts, additional course work or clinical practicum hours may be required.