Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Robert Morris University Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate | Robert Morris University

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If you're a nationally certified nurse practitioner who's interested in pursuing a second certification, RMU's Post-Masters/Post-Doctoral Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program can teach you how to manage care of individuals of all ages experiencing psychiatric diagnoses.

This CCNE-accredited program is designed to provide maximum flexibility and support for individuals with busy professional lives. Classes are offered one day per week, with practicum experiences individualized to meet the course objectives in addition to student learning needs. Strong interdisciplinary courses that emphasize treatment of the patient holistically and individualized practicum experiences make this program attractive to busy professional nurse practitioners. Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to take the PMHNP national certification examination.

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A requirement for admission to the program is national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), or Adult PMHNP. All students applying to the program will undergo a transcript review. Necessary pre-requisites include graduate level courses in Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment/Diagnosis. Other admission requirements include:

  • A master's or doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • National certification as a nurse practitioner
  • A minimum QPA of 3.25*
  • Current CV or resume
  • Essay on goals and expectations for education and career
  • A faculty interview
  • 2 professional letters of recommendations

 *If the QPA is below 3.25 the student may be given the option of taking the GRE for admission consideration

Core Courses - 31 Credits; 616 clinical hours

NURS9010 Principles of Biological Psychiatry (2 cr.)
NURS9120/9125 Health Assessment of Children & Adolescents/Practicum (3 cr., 56 clinical hours)
NURS9110 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr.)
NURS9210/9230 Psychiatric Diagnosis Across the Lifespan/Practicum (5 cr., 112 clinical hours)
NURS9310/9340 Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan I/Practicum (5 cr., 112 clinical hours)
NURS9330/9335 Individual Therapy/Practicum (4 cr., 112 clinical hours)
NURS9320/9350 Management of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan II/Practicum (5 cr., 112 clinical hours)
NURS9510/9515 Family Therapy/Practicum (4 cr., 112 clinical hours)

Format & Delivery: Summer start available. Didactic courses are delivered on-ground 1 day per week.

The prevalence of mental illness and substance dependence problems in both adults and children leads to emotional and financial burden on patients, families, and society as a whole. Untreated mental disorders compromise developmental achievement and place youth at risk for school failure, teenage pregnancy, suicide, violence, and the development of comorbid psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Compounding these problems is a shortage of psychiatric providers equipped to manage patients experiencing mental illness. Additionally, there is an increased focus on integration of mental health in primary care as health care providers are recognizing the inter-complexities and multiple medical comorbidities in patients with mental health diagnoses. The F-PMHNP certificate program is designed to address the shortage of psychiatric providers and meet the needs of pediatric to geriatric patients experiencing psychiatric conditions through the provision of strong educational preparation in psychiatric differential diagnosis and holistic management including an emphasis on both pharmacology and psychotherapy.

The post-masters/post-doctoral F-PMHNP can be completed in five semesters. Courses are offered one day per week and practicum experiences are individually tailored to meet the course objectives as well as the learning needs of the student.

Today’s health care industry is growing and changing like never before. As the demand for qualified medical professionals increases, students need to be educated in modern procedures and proficient with today’s high-tech medical equipment.

RMU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences addresses these needs through our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited programs and experienced faculty. Our close ties with local and regional health care agencies provide outstanding clinical opportunities and give our students an edge in this competitive and ever-changing industry.


In an effort to help students meet their education expenses, Robert Morris University offers the following tuition payment options. On the posted due date, payments are accepted until 5 p.m. in the Student Support Center. Payments may be made via ePay after the deadline.

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Robert Morris University accepts tuition payments by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Tuition payments may be made to the Office of Student Financial Services by mail, phone (412-397-6260), or online via the RMU website at www.rmu.edu. Students should log in to Sentry Secured Services and go to Financial Status in eServices to use the ePay - PayNow option. ePay is available 24 hours a day to process credit card or check payments.