Online P.M.H.N.P. Certificate

Do more than raise awareness for mental health. Provide relief.

It’s estimated that 19% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 — nearly one in five.* Not only does mental illness impact emotional health, but it also can affect physical health. Mental illness creates a ripple effect impacting individuals, families, workplaces and communities. There is a current unmet need for mental health treatment, but you can advocate for change.

When you broaden your scope of practice, you can serve those affected by mental illness. Earn your Post-Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate online with the University of North Dakota, and you can prepare to provide critical mental health services to diverse populations. You’ll learn to assess, diagnose and treat various mental illnesses across age, gender, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds.

UND is one of the few schools in the North Dakota/Minnesota/South Dakota region to offer an online P.M.H.N.P. certificate program. We believe that mental health services can be accessible for all. And now you can help contribute to better health outcomes and healthier lives.

*National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Why earn an online Post-Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate?

Your community is diverse. So are its mental health care needs. Expand your nursing focus with our online Post-Graduate P.M.H.N.P. certificate program and you can help the underserved — veterans, homeless, LGBTQ community, incarcerated populations and more. Your contribution to their mental wellness can make an impact that not only benefits them, but society as a whole.

More than 10 million adults have an unmet need for mental health treatment.** As a certified P.M.H.N.P., you can advocate for those dealing with mental illness. Your training and compassion can help provide the tools people need to guide them in a life of recovery.

**Mental Health America

What can you do as a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner?

You can help erase the stigma around mental health treatment. As a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse, you assess, diagnose, develop treatment plans and prescribe medications to help change people’s lives.

Working as a P.M.H.N.P., you provide compassionate care to patients seeking treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma and mood disorders. You also can contribute to policy development, quality improvement and health care reform.

Practice in the following settings:

  • Private practice
  • Mental health facilities
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • Residential substance abuse facilities

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

  • Greater demand for nurses. The nursing job outlook is projected to grow 26% from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Increased demand for mental health services. In 2018, 47.6 million people experienced mental illness, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
  • Demand for accessible health care. Populations living in underserved areas have limited access to health care. When you broaden your scope of practice, you can reach more people.

Why choose UND for your Post-Graduate P.M.H.N.P. certificate?

As an advanced practice nurse, you’ve observed gaps in the system. Now you can address them. When you earn your Post-Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate online with UND, you can grow your medical expertise and learn to impact the future of mental health treatment. Our program can build your skill set in patient evaluation and treatment intervention options — all while promoting mental health awareness.

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence.

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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What can you learn from UND’s online Post-Graduate P.M.H.N.P. certificate program?

P.M.H.N.P.s’ care expertise revolves around mental illness, as well as emotional and behavioral disturbances. Your advanced medical knowledge can help patients understand the diagnosis and management of their condition and improve their mental health.

UND’s online Post-Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials.

  • Conduct mental health evaluations to assess patient treatment needs across the lifespan.
  • Learn the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals for psychiatric disabilities/disorders, including mood disorders, development disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, dementia and substance abuse.
  • Treat individuals, families and groups with or affected by psychopathology.

Online P.M.H.N.P. Certificate Curriculum

6 semesters | 25 credits

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Coursework

NURS 538Psych Diagnostic Reasoning2 Credits
NURS 564Psychopharmacology2 Credits
NURS 583Individual Therapy2 Credits
NURS 584Group & Family Therapies3 Credits
NURS 588Management of Psychopathology I2 Credits
NURS 589Management of Psychopathology II2 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an advanced practice registered nurse graduate educational program from an accredited program of nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous graduate program (official transcripts must be submitted)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Current U.S. unencumbered RN and APRN licensure (upload Nursys verification report in application)
  • Active national certification in an APRN specialty
  • Satisfaction of the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be required (via web, phone or in person)
  • Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen will be required upon offer of admission
  • Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing will be required upon offer of admission

UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state regulations and competitiveness of placement. Please contact your state board of nursing PRIOR TO APPLYING to see if there are any restrictions or special requirements that could impact your attendance at an out-of-state online nursing program.

Students must have had the content listed in the following courses in their prior master’s program. Prior transcripts will be reviewed. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Course content must cover the lifespan. These courses do not count against the transfer credit limit.

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (lifespan)* (3 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology* (3 credits)
  • Health Promotion and/or Maintenance (3 credits)
  • Role of the NP* (if the student has not completed this course, it will be added to the required program of study for that student)

*Must be listed as a separate course on the transcripts.

Program of study plans are developed based on previous graduate coursework. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for graduate credit.

Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements are evaluated individually. Admission decisions are made by the graduate program leadership team.

CCNE Accreditation

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of North Dakota is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Application Deadlines

Priority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
Summer 20203/1/20204/1/2020