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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Close the Gap

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 shortage of mental healthcare providers, especially in rural areas of the state. 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.

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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.

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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

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Lead Role in Mental Healthcare

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 certification exam

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Application Deadline

Fall Entry
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Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Top 15%

Among the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools recognized by G.I.Jobs as “Military Friendly”  

Four Corners

Located adjacent to the top-ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

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Karan Kverno
Karan Kverno
Track Coordinator, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
We are preparing nurse practitioners who will promote the mental, physical, and social well-being of persons with multiple health needs.
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Admission Criteria

  • Transcripts or official school documents that identify a MSN degree conferred with NP role and population focus
  • 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
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your first language

Admissions Application


  • Advanced Physical Health Assessment (Lifespan) Course*
  • Advanced Pharmacology Course
  • Advanced Pathophysiology Course
  • 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 Course

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

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Full Curriculum (13 credits)

NR.110.573 Neurobiology of Mental Disorders
NR.110.574 Clinical Psychopharmacology
NR.110.575 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
NR.110.576 Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities
NR.110.577 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult/Gero
NR.110.578 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Peds/Family
NR.110.577 and NR.110.578 have a clinical component.

Required If Not Completed Prior to Starting the Program

NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations
NR.110.537 Health Assessment and Measurement: Pediatric Variations
Courses can be taken simultaneously along with the full curriculum and are one credit each.

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Academic Manual

Important policies, procedures, and resources for ease of reference.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2014 - May 2015)

Per credit cost: $1,451
Matriculation fee: N/A
Health Insurance: N/A1
Health Fee: N/A

Estimated Other Expenses

Room and Board: N/A
Books/Supplies: N/A
Personal Expenses: N/A
Travel Expenses: N/A

1Health insurance waiver required

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.           

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