PMC in Psych Mental Health NP

A group of Cincinnati Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students take notes in class.

Enrolling in the Cincinnati Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program puts you on the path toward one of the most in-demand nursing specialties available. This post-master’s online psychiatric nurse practitioner program is designed for the primary or acute care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or the nurse with a completed master’s degree and at least one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to efficiently care for patients with complex physical health and psychiatric needs.

Mostly completed online, the part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner program prepares advanced practice nurses to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, clinical management, and prescribing psychiatric medications to patients.

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is a nationally ranked nursing school.

Nurses in this profession care for the whole person and make a positive impact in mental health.

Program Overview

The online PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate Program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applications for this online post-master’s certificate are accepted every semester. Applicants will be reviewed for admission on the strength of their ability to successfully complete this certificate program, and based upon the various criteria listed below.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification upon completion. This certification exam tests knowledge and skill related to psychiatric advanced practice. Program courses are taught by accomplished and practicing professors.

Applicants for this post-master’s certificate are required to have completed prerequisite courses prior to applying to our program. Courses should have been completed within the past 10 years, with a final grade of B or higher. Any courses taken prior to the past 10 years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisite courses are required to be taken across the lifespan for advanced nurse practice at a regionally accredited college/university. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will not fulfill this requirement. Prerequisite courses include the following:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes an assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and various approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Two-day site visit during the first semester.

A critical component of our online program includes a site visit. Students become acquainted with cohort members, meet faculty and personally experience the high quality culture and competence of their future Alma Mater. Highlights include: general orientation and onboarding, lectures, clinical orientation, distinguished guest speakers, lunch-and-learns and networking with like-minded mental-health professionals.

2018 visit dates:

  • Feb 14 and 15, 2018
  • June 13 and 14, 2018 
  • Oct 3 and 4, 2018

Quick Facts

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited institution required.
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree in an advanced practice specialty conferred from a regionally and nursing accredited institution is required.
  • Unrestricted RN license required.
  • At least one year of clinical practice experience required.
  • The program consists of four part-time semesters with a two-day on-campus component in the first term.
  • The Post-Master’s Certificate Program is not eligible for financial aid or financial assistance.
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