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University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Online program with a two day on campus component

This program addresses a need for integrated (medical and psych) care of underrepresented and underserved individuals with severe mental illnesses complicated by chronic medical comorbidities. We aim to prepare nurses who already have master's degrees in primary and acute care specialties to add advanced psychiatric skills to their scopes of practice, positioning them to do therapy and to prescribe and manage psychiatric medication for individuals of all ages with psychiatric conditions. A secondary aim is to provide psychiatric nurses prepared as CNSs or NPs in adult or child with the knowledge and skill needed to treat patients across the lifespan.

The program is designed for nurses who have graduated with a Master of Science degree in an advanced practice specialty.

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

This online program is four semesters of part-time study with a two day on campus component in the first term. It is designed for nurses who have an MSN from an accredited program with a focus in a direct care specialty (as above) who have met the prerequisite requirement.

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: AR, DC, IA, LA, MA, NC, 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." tes/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx


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.

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Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.