Psychiatric Mental Health Post-Master's Certificate

Psych Mental Health NP

The Psychiatric Mental Health Post-Master’s Certificate is ideal for primary and acute care nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists — or nurses with a master’s degree and a year of clinical practice experience — who want to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

The 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 nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists with a specialty in adult or child care with the knowledge and skill to treat persons across the lifespan.

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.

Advanced practice psychiatric nurses have many career opportunities, including in 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.

Information Session

  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Program of Study


The program is four semesters of part-time study with a two-day, on-campus component in the first term.


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

On-Campus Component

The required on-campus component of the program is a one-time, two-day visit, completed based on the semester in which you were admitted.

Semester Admitted Dates for On-Campus Component
2017 Summer Semester June 15 and 16, 2017
2017 Fall Semester
Sept. 27 and 28, 2017
2018 Spring Semester
Feb. 15 and 16, 2018
2018 Summer Semester
June 14 and 15, 2018

State Regulations

As a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing cannot accept applications for the program from students who reside in these states:

  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Washington, DC

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. More information is available on the Washington Department of Health site.


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.

For more information, visit the UC Online Psych-Mental Health Post-Master's Certificate program page or contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400.