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Post Doctoral Certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Details

The online Certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health NP program is designed for nurse practitioners who have a Ph.D. or DNP and wish to add a specialty to their resume. The program curriculum explores subjects such as psychopharmacology, complex problems in family psychiatric care, industry management principles, and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities. 


Students must attend 2-5 immersion sessions (2-4 days in length) at the Irvine Campus.

  • DNP or Ph.D. degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program
  • National certification as APRN (or eligible to take National Certification Exam)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
  • Unencumbered RN license in the State where you plan to do your precepted clinical practicum hours
  • Unencumbered APRN license in your current specialty
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Self evaluation
  • Goal statement
  • Personal interview as needed

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)