Just because you have a graduate nursing degree as a nurse practitioner does not mean that you will not want to become certified to practice with another population. If this is the case for you, Creighton University offers an online psychiatric nurse practitioner program, the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. There is a great need for nurse practitioners in the mental health field as more people seek help and many psychiatrists reach retirement age, making this an excellent choice for career advancement.
With this mental health nurse practitioner program students learn to manage the care for diverse populations of all ages in both acute and primary care settings. The curriculum prepares you to practice psychiatry by covering such topics as the psychiatric interview, neurological components of mental health disorders, pharmacology, therapy, and non-medication treatment options. Graduates are prepared to competently treat patients by completing exams, ordering tests, assessing symptoms, and prescribing treatments.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Creighton University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- An active, unencumbered RN license
- Professional nursing work experience
- Evidence of current national certification as an advanced practice nurse, if applicable
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