Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health (CNP)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Unit: School of Nursing
Academic Plan Code: NUPRCNPPSY
The post-graduate program prepares registered nurses for national certification eligibility and licensure in an advanced practice specialty. Advanced Practice registered nurses or registered nurses that hold a terminal degree (i.e. PhD, EdD, DNP) are eligible to apply.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMNHP) focuses on individuals across the lifespan (infancy through old age), families, and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. The PHMNP provides primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings. Primary mental health care provided by the PMHNP involves relationship-based, continuous and comprehensive services, necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance. This includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of mental health and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
The post-graduate program prepares registered nurses for national certification eligibility and licensure in an advanced practice specialty. Advanced Practice registered nurses or registered nurses that hold a terminal degree (i.e., PhD, EdD, DNP) are eligible to apply.
The following materials must be submitted:
- Completed UofL Graduate Admissions Application, including application fee.
Ofﬁcial transcripts representing all college course work with a recommended cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.25 on 4.0 scale. Baccalaureate and Graduate degree must be earned from an accredited nursing program (by NLN, CCNE or ACEN). A Master’s or Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university is required. Applicants for this program must be nationally certified to practice as an advanced practice nurse.
Two letters of recommendation from individuals chosen from among: former faculty, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional who can speak of academic and/ or professional nursing capabilities and potential. These letters should accompany the Letter of Evaluation form required by the Graduate School.
Goal Statement that discusses career goals, areas of expertise, and reasons for pursuing a Post-Graduate degree. Maximum of 2 pages; double spaced; 12-point font.
Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
RN veriﬁcation of licensure from the Board of Nursing. Eligibility for an RN license from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
Verification of advanced practice certification from a national certification agency (i.e. AANP, AACN, NAPNAP) if applicable.
Proof of English Proﬁciency. International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proﬁciency by:
Demonstration of a degree awarded from an acceptable English language institution, or
Acceptable examinations: TOEFL; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program. Recommended test scores are available on the University International Student website.
Students who have previously completed any of the prerequisite coursework in an accredited Nursing graduate degree program may be waived from taking those courses at UofL to meet certificate requirements.
|NURS 741||Advanced Pathophysiology||4|
|NURS 740||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 742||Advanced Physical Assessment||3|
|Minimum Total Hours||10|
Post-Graduate Certificate Coursework
|NURS 770||Advanced Psych Assessment & Clinical Interview||2|
|NURS 773||Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions: Foundation of Individual Psychotherapy||3|
|NURS 774||Diagnosis and Management in Psych/Mental Health: Group Psychotherapy and Care of Special Populations||3|
|NURS 782||Clinical Practicum: Population specific clinical for the NP 1||1-6|
|NURS 775||Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions||3|
|Minimum Total Hours||16-21|
NURS 782 can be completed at the student's pace. This is a variable credit hour course. Students may elect to take the course one-three (1-3) credit hours per semester. One (1) credit hour = 84 clinical contact hours. A total of 504 clinical hour must be completed to earn this certificate.
Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing post-master’s APRN certificate program are prepared to apply for APRN certification in their population track upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky APRN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (https://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Examination/examination.aspx). For APRN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (https://ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm).