Psych-Mental Health Post-Master's Certificate

Psych Mental Health NP

This post master’s certificate program is designed for the primary or acute care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or the nurse with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

This program provides advanced practice nurses with the advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, psychiatric medication prescription, and clinical management needed to treat underserved patients with mental illness and chronic medical comorbidities. It also provides psychiatric CNSs or NPs with a specialty in adult or child with the knowledge and skill to treat persons across the lifespan.

Online Information Session

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For more information, visit the UC Online Psych-Mental Health Post-Master's Certificate program page or contact Nicole Washington in the Office of Student Affairs at or 1-888-628-3334 (ext. 3).

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification upon completion. This exam tests knowledge and skill related to psychiatric advanced practice across the lifespan. 

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses have many career opportunities. A few of the places they may work include settings such as acute care, outpatient clinics, schools, prisons, health homes and behavioral health homes, long term care, and private practice. They do assessments and provide treatment, including therapy and medication prescription and management.

Program of Study

The program is four semesters of part-time study with a two-day, on-campus component in the first term. As noted above, it is designed for primary and acute care nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists or nurses with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience.

Applicants for this post-master’s certificate are required to have completed the following courses prior to beginning the program:

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacology

State Regulations

As a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for  the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program from students residing in the following states: DC, IA, LA, MA, NY, OR and TN.

"The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for Adult­ Gerontology Primary Care, FNP, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP post Masters certificate and Women's Health NP programs."


Please note that certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid; consequently, you will not be able to fill out a FAFSA to seek financial aid for these programs. Students most commonly pay for courses independently, use employer tuition-assistance programs, or seek external scholarships for funding support.