Earning a post-master's certificate in the field of psychiatry is beneficial to many disciplines in advanced-practice nursing. Not only can a psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) work as a patient's primary mental health provider, but family, adult-gerontology, pediatric, and women's health NPs can benefit from this certificate as well to provide holistic care to their patients.

Choosing a PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate Program

Selecting a psychiatric NP post-master's degree program can be a difficult choice. Many are not sure quite where to begin. The following serve as starting points when selecting a psychiatric post-master's certificate program:

  • Accreditation– Ensuring adequate accreditation is essential when choosing a post-master's certificate program. The two main accreditation agencies are the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Some schools are accredited locally, but to ensure licensure and credentialing, the school should be accredited by one of these two entities.
  • Cost– The cost to attend a post-master's certificate program is one of the most significant deciding factors when choosing a school. The cost can vary greatly between schools, states, and even cities. Private schools tend to have a higher cost. Students should take into consideration not just tuition fees, but the cost of supplies and technology needs as well.
  • Length– The length of time to completion is also a major consideration. The length of time depends on the nurse's educational background; if the student has already completed advanced pharmacology, physiology, and health assessment courses, the post-master's certificate program will be shorter.
  • Online Options– Many nurses who choose to return to school are already working. Additionally, nurses can work days, evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends. Many nurses need the flexibility that online learning offers. Thankfully, more and more online programs are available for students.
  • Internship/Externship Options– Many post-master's certificate programs are contracted with local healthcare facilities so students can gain essential clinical knowledge before Students should consider the options available when selecting a school. For psychiatric post-master's certificate program students, they should look at which facility will provide them with the most robust and well-rounded experience.

Online Psychiatric Post-Master's Certificate Programs

As stated earlier, online learning is becoming more and more prevalent. However, choosing online learning versus classroom learning is an individual choice, as every student has different needs.

Online vs. Classroom-Based Psychiatric NP Post-Master's Certificate Programs

One of the advantages of online learning is the flexibility. Students can study when they want, and when they can. Night shift nurses can log on in the middle of the night. Students can study during holidays. The flexibility of online programs allows students to work with their schedule, rather than the other way around.

Another advantage is time. Students can avoid wasting time commuting, parking, and also save money on transportation. They simply need a computer and internet access.

Students can also learn at their own pace and use their individual learning and study methods. This can help students retain key concepts and perform better in the program.

One of the disadvantages of online learning is the lack of peer contact. Many students value the time spent with peers, exchanging knowledge, and overall support. While peer support can still be available with online learning, it is often via electronic communication.

Another disadvantage is that knowledge of technology is required. One must know how to use the internet and navigate the websites. While many young students are already well-versed in technology, some may not be, and this could present a challenge.

The cost of the necessary technology can also be considered a disadvantage. Students may need to purchase a computer or laptop, webcam, and other supplies which can be costly.

There are other considerations with online learning that prospective students should be aware of:

  • Accreditation– As stated earlier, more and more online programs are popping up. Students should look closely at a school's accreditation status- especially with online programs. Many schools advertise quick completion and lowest rates- but are they nationally recognized? Students need to ensure that there will not be any licensing or certification issues after graduation- which may occur if a school is not nationally accredited.
  • Program Length– Many online programs may advertise "shortest program available." Students need to look closely to make sure all the required curriculum is covered for licensure and certification.

Psychiatric Post-Master's Certificate Admission Requirements

While admission requirements may vary between schools, general admission requirements for a psychiatric post-master's certificate program may include:

  • Master's degree from an accredited school
  • Current RN/NP license
  • Submission of a resume/CV
  • A written statement of purpose/goal statement
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (specific GPA requirements may vary)
  • Submission of transcripts from prior educational institutions
  • Prior clinical experience

Psychiatric Post-Master's Certificate Curriculum

For advanced-practice nursing, students must complete advanced pharmacology, health assessment, and physiology courses. If not already taken, prospective students must complete these core courses. Additional courses specific to the psychiatric discipline may include:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Differential diagnosis of mental disorders
  • Psychotherapeutics
  • Adult mental health
  • Pediatric mental health

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800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
(205) 726-2011

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650 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 348-6639


3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-4406


411 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(480) 965-7788

1305 N. Martin | PO Box 210203
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 626-6154


16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800

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Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

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Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

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San Marcos, CA 92096
(760) 750-4000

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San Diego, CA 92123
(800) 628-8648


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Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-2152


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West Hartford, CT 06117
(186) 023-2457 x1

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400 West Campus Drive
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 785-2389


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777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-6261

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11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-7703

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600 W. College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-5621

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Coral Gables, FL 33124
(305) 284-3666


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Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-9767

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Milledgeville,, GA 31061
(800) 342-0471

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Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 478-4636

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Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-2000


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Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 655-2201

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500 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435
(800) 735-7500


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8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600


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Kansas City, KS 66160
(913) 588-1619

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Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1010


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195 School Street
Hyden, KY 41749
(606) 672-2312

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315 College of Nursing Building 751 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-5108

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Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111


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Lake Charles, LA 70609
(337) 475-5000

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Hammond, LA 70402
(985) 549-5637


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525 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-4766


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36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 726-2947

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179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 879-5964

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235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000


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1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(800) 447-5444

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-9600

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Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100


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118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-1000


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650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 529-9300

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1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5000


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Omaha, NE 68198
(402) 559-4000


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Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

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420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 888-1311

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Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1177

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1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2000

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West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(732) 571-3400

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2502 Marble Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 272-0858

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One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744

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4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000

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320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-8000

695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

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433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5300

3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 385-8000

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101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 689-8333

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3501 University Ave
Grand Forks, ND 58202
(701) 777-3000


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10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000

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1375 University Esplanade
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-7930

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Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1000

1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 890-3000

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302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7111

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2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 556-0000

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2550 Lander Rd
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
(440) 449-4200


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Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 895-2000

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6001 University Blvd
Moon Township, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-8281

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Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7412

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1004 Campanile Dr
Brookings, SD 57007
(605) 688-4114


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Johnson City, TN 37614
(855) 590-3878

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Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5500

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Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-4151

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Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 661-6545


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Lubbock, TX 79430
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Edinburg, TX 78539
(888) 882-4026

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Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434


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Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3131


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Radford, VA 24141
(540) 831-5000

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Charlottesville, VA 22903-3388
(434) 924-0141

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Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 828-0724


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Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2100


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Madison, WI 53715
(608) 263-2400

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