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University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
psychiatric-nurse-practitioner

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.

This post-master’s certificate program is designed for the primary and 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.

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. As above, it is designed for the primary and acute care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist or the nurse with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience.

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, 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." http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertifica tes/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx

Funding

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.

Online Psych/Mental Health Information Session

If you have a master's degree and are interested in a specific nursing specialty, you should consider registering here to receive more information or to register for an information session.

Tuesday, Janury 6, 2015
A Psychiatric Mental Health Online information session will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 pm (EST). RSVP here.

 

Click here to receive more information about this program or contact the Office of Student Affairs at nursing1@uc.edu or (513) 558-3600.