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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-Graduate

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
January 1

 

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

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

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School of Nursing supports three community based health centers in Baltimore City

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Karan Kverno
Karan Kverno
PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
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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Requirements

Admission Criteria

  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • 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.
  • Application fee of $75
  • Current nursing licensure
  • Licensure and certification as a nurse practitioner
  • One year of nurse practitioner experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
  • Community service and professional commitment
  • Personal interview may be requested
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your first language

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Prerequisites

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

* Must be listed as separate courses on the transcripts.

** For students who have not taken a lifespan advanced health assessment course, either NR:110.536 or NR.110.537 (core courses) may be taken online for one additional credit.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific  information for online programs.

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Curriculum

Program consists of 13 credits and 500 clinical hours that may be completed in as few as three semesters. For students who have not taken a lifespan advanced health assessment course, either NR.110.536 or NR.110.537 (core courses) may be taken online for one additional credit.

Full Curriculum

  • Core Courses (2 credits)
    • NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations (1)
    • NR.110.537 Health Assessment and Measurement: Pediatric Variations (1)
  • Specialty Courses (13 credits)
    • NR.110.573 Neurobiology of Mental Disorders (1)
    • NR.110.574 Clinical Psychopharmacology (1)
    • NR.110.575 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (1)
    • NR.110.576 Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities (2)
    • NR.110.577 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult/Geriatric* (4)
    • NR.110.578 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Peds/Family* (4)

*NR.110.577 and NR.110.578 have a clinical component.

Sample Part-time Courses of Study

  • Fall (5 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
  • Spring (4 credits)
    • NR.110.578 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Peds/Family*
  • Summer (4 credits)
    • NR.110.577 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult/Geriatric*

*NR.110.577 and NR.110.578 have a clinical component.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2016 - May 2017)

Per credit cost: $1,509
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. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.       

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