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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program

Learn more about our nurse practitioner post-master’s program focusing on psychiatric and mental health care.

Adelphi’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) post-MS certificate program is designed to educate nurses who have an MS degree and are NPs in another specialty to provide primary psychiatric and mental health care across the lifespan (child-adolescence through geriatric). Nurse Practitioners with an MS who are certified in another specialty (i.e., adult-geriatric primary or acute care) can enroll is this post-master’s program enabling them to provide care to a wider population of clients. Careers for a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner include works in outpatient or community settings with clients experiencing psychiatric problems.

Graduates who complete certification are prepared to assess, plan and manage clients and families with psychiatric diagnoses, providing psychopharmacology, counseling and therapy interventions. Certificate completion graduates are licensed in NY and are prepared to take the national certification exam for PMH-NPs.

Why should I enroll?

  • State-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot clinical simulation laboratory with the latest education technology, housed in the College of Nursing and Public Health’s new Nexus Building and Welcome Center
  • Program offered part-time with core courses offered online
  • Students work directly children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients experiencing psychiatric problems through required clinical practice.
  • Side-by-side experience with nurse practitioner faculty
  • Individualized educational planning and advisement
  • Variety of clinical settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, correctional facilities and private medical practices
  • Preparation for national certification exam and state licensure 

What will I study?

Students enroll in psychiatric-mental health specialty courses including advanced practice role and psychopharmacolgy. Clinical courses focus on the mental health of individuals (adults, children and adolescents) and families. The program includes courses on clients with substance use disorders and community mental health and crisis care such as within an emergency department. The 19-credit part time program requires 500 hours of precepted clinical experience.

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Who are the faculty members?

Doctorally prepared faculty are expert clinicians certified in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty who conduct research on psychiatric topics such as substance abuse, PTSD and eating disorders.

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What are the expected costs?

To find specific tuition and financial aid details please visit Adelphi’s Tuition site.

How do I apply?

In addition to a completed application for graduate admission and application fee, applicants must submit:

  • New York State RN license and NP license
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes
  • Final transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited four-year institution
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited program; as an NP in another specialty
  • Résumé
  • A 500-word, typed essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • Two letters of recommendation, from nurses who hold a Masters degree or above only, with credentials included.

» Apply now to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program

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