Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Nurses with a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree may seek the post-master’s PMHNP certificate to be eligible for ANCC certification. Students who successfully complete a counseling course (MCP 620), a series of three practica, and a 0-credit orientation complete this certification in three to four semesters. Students must have successfully completed courses in advanced practice roles, 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 575 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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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 Theory3
MSN-621Advanced Physiology & Pathphysiology3
MSN-622Advanced Health & Physical Assessment2
MSN-623Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Sequence Program
MSN-600AOrientation Post MSN Students0
MSN-630Advanced Psychopharmacology3
MSN-634Adv Primary Mental Health Care-Adults3
MSN-634PMHNP Practicum 12
MSN-635Adv Prim Mntl Hlth Cre-Bipolar Spectrum3
MSN-635PMHNP Practicum 22
MSN-636Adv Prim Mntl Hlth Cr-Chron& Serious Mnt3
MSN-636PMHNP Practicum 32