Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Professional Certificate

  • Graduate Certificate
  • School of Nursing

Program Highlights

  • For licensed RNs who have earned an APRN MSN
  • Complete in as little as 12 months (three semesters)
  • Become eligible for PMHNP national certification exam

This post-professional certificate is designed for licensed, registered nurses with an APRN MSN. Our program includes courses and practicums required for eligibility to take the national certification exam as an advanced practice nurse in psychiatric mental health.

Full time students can complete this certificate program in as little as 12 months (three semesters).

Your online courses will include:

  • Psychotherapy methods and methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis across the lifespan: adult, child, adolescent, older adults, and special populations
  • Factors associated with the development of mental health disorders
  • Psychopharmacology, the study of medications used to treat mental disorders
  • Culturally-centered, collaborative care in the prevention and management of mental health disorders

You will complete two semesters of practicums in psychiatric mental health environments with clinical mentors in your own community, where you can apply your knowledge of diagnosis and treatment strategies to individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds.

There are a limited number of seats available in the PMHNP Post-Professional Certificate program each year.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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    • 18 credit hours (five courses)
      • Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Differential Diagnosis
      • Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology
      • Managing Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan
      • Two (2) semesters of PMHNP practicums at a physical location
  • Access course materials online from any location. Teaching faculty may schedule assignments, office hours, and exams at specific times. All courses for this degree program follow ODU's regular academic calendar. 

    Practicums will be completed at physical locations. Clinical placement for practicums is a collaborative process between the student and faculty.

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $620 per credit hour*
    Out-of-state Students
    $642 per credit hour

    Rates are effective Fall 2024 and subject to change.
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

This post-APRN master's certificate program is designed to prepare students for national certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). National certification is usually required in order to obtain state licensure to practice in this specialty.

Licensure requirements may vary by state. Use the links here to see if we have determined whether this program will prepare you for nursing certification or licensure in your state.

We encourage you to check your state's professional nursing requirements before applying to ODU.

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.

  • There are a limited number of seats in this program. To apply, you must:

    • be a licensed, registered nurse;
    • have earned an advanced practice (APRN) Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent; and
    • within the last five years, earned a grade of B or better in these MSN courses:
      • Advanced Pathophysiology
      • Advanced Physical Assessment
      • Advanced Pharmacology

    You will apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Admission to ODU does not guarantee admission to this certificate program. Additional application materials are required. Please visit the School of Nursing website for details.