Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The post-master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program provides those already possessing a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) with additional course and clinical work to fulfill the requirements for to be eligible for ANCC PMHNP certification. Students who successfully complete an advanced psychopharmacology course (MSN 630), a series of three theory and three practica courses, and a 0-credit orientation may complete this certification in four semesters. Students must have successfully completed a roles course and courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment and advanced pharmacology in their previous MSN curriculum. If not, those courses must be taken as well to be eligible for certification. A transcript evaluation of the student’s master’s program determines which courses are needed. The program requires at least 600 practicum hours.

Note: Readiness for initial advanced practice nurse prescriber application requires a clinical pharmacology course within the three preceding years

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Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

The following courses are required for entry into the program:
MSN-615Adv Practice Roles & Nursing Theories3
MSN-621Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
MSN-622Advanced Health & Physical Assessment3
MSN-623Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Decision Making3
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Sequence Program
MSN-600AOrientation to Msn Program0
MSN-634Adv Primary Mental Health Care-Adults3
MSN-634PPract 1: Adv Mental Hlth Mgt of Adults2
MSN-635Adv Men Hlth Cldrn Teens Geriatric3
MSN-635PPract 2: Adv Mntl Hlth Cldrn, Teens, Ger2
MSN-636Adv Men Hlth Cre Seriously Ill/Addicted3
MSN-636PPract 3 Adv Mntl Hlth Seriously Ill/Addi2