Post Master's Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Intended for certified adult and family nurse practitioners, the program prepares students to provide mental health promotion and mental health diagnosis and treatment across the lifespan. This program is also targeted for Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists who wish to sit for the certification exam as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

The curriculum aligns with the new Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education (APRN Consensus Model). Upon completion students are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The program is offered entirely online making it attractive to distance and working students. The program consists of 21 credit hours and includes courses in psychopharmacology, counseling, and psychotherapy, and is designed to be completed in 4 semesters or 15 months. Students are required to complete 500 clinical hours to obtain the post-masters certificate.


NRP 660: Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan (4)
NRP 661: Non-Pharmacologic (Psychotherapy) Treatment Across the Lifespan(3)
NRP 662: Assessment and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan(3)
NRP: 664: Management of Acute, Complex, and Chronic Psych Disorders(3)
NRP 665: Advanced Family Psych MH Nursing Clinical I (3)
NRP 667: Professional Issues, Role, Ethics, and Law in Psych Advanced(3)
NRP 668L:
Advanced Psych MH Nursing Clinical II (2)

Total hours: 21