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.
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.
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
Lead Role in Mental Healthcare
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Current Resume/CV
- Goal statement
- Letters of recommendation
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your first language
- 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 Louisiana and Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
Core Courses (1 credit)
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.
- 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.
Note: The effort needed to complete the program requires 20 to 30 hours per week for each of the three semesters.
Important policies, procedures, and resources for ease of reference.
Tuition & Other Costs
(September 2017 - May 2018)
|Matriculation fee:||$500 (first time enrolled JHU students only)|
|Total Billed Expenses:||$25,614|
Estimated Other Expenses3
|Total Other Expenses:||$28,130|
1The total tuition is displayed for students taking credits during 2017-18 per the course sequence. Tuition through Spring 2018 is $1,591 per credit. For Summer 2018 tuition was projected with a 3% increase ($1,639 per credit).
2All students must have Health Insurance. Purchase of the University's coverage is optional.
3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.
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.