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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Lead Role in Mental Health Care
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
"We are preparing nurse practitioners who will promote the mental, physical, and social well-being of persons with multiple health needs."
Karan Kverno , PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC Director of the new Johns Hopkins Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program
  • Program

    Program Overview

    In Maryland alone, some 62,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. One in five older adults has psychiatric issues, and returning veterans have significant needs, but there is a severe shortage of care providers. Graduates of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s one-year accelerated post-master's certificate program in psychiatric mental health nursing will help close the gap.

    With a focus on integrated mental health care, delivered online and with preceptors at clinical sites near you, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program option gives primary care nurse practitioners the knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat mental health needs from inpatient hospital to outpatient primary care settings.

    Those who earn a post-master’s certificate for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner will have the knowledge and competence to:
    • Provide integrated mental healthcare for persons with mental health, substance use, and co-morbid mental and physical conditions
    • Provide a range of brief prevention, treatment and recovery services, as well as longer-term treatment and support for persons with persistent illnesses
    • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals and community organizations to provide integrated healthcare
    • Work in a variety of settings ranging from specialty behavioral health centers to primary care settings
    • Advocate to reduce inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness
    • Apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span) Post-Graduate Certificate - has met ANCC’s certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification

  • Program

    Program Requirements

    Selection factors include:
    • Transcripts or official school documents that identify a MSN degree conferred with NP role and population focus (see prerequisites)
    • Evidence for completion of at least 500 clinical hours in NP role and population
    • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • Current nursing licensure
    • Evidence for national NP certification or eligibility to sit for national NP certification
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member
    • Letters of recommendation


    • Advanced Physical of Health Assessment (Lifespan)*
    • Advanced Pharmacology
    • Advanced Pathophysiology
    • Appropriate NP Role Course
    • Appropriate Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Course
    • Appropriate Population Focused Course(s) (i.e., adult, family)
    • Appropriate Differential Diagnosis/Disease Management Course(s)
    • Appropriate NP Practicum Courses
    • Nursing research/evidence based-practice

    *Adult/Geriatric or child variations can be added to plan of study if needed

  • Curriculum


    Certificate consists of 13 credits.  View Curriculum

  • Tuition


    $1,451.00 per credit

Application Deadline

Fall Entry
Accepting applications for Fall 2015

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Program prepares students for the ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam.

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