Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Drexel University

Program Details

Nurses with a master’s degree can apply to this online Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. This post-master’s certificate can lead to nurse practitioner certification or allow certified nurse practitioners to focus on a specific patient population.

Issues relevant to adult mental health and illness are examined through a biopsychosocial model. Students learn how to apply diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories, and approaches to practice. Classes discuss best practices for collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare in a variety of environments. Graduates will be able to provide direct and indirect advanced services to people needing mental health services. 

Coursework for this online certificate program includes:

  • Psychopharmacology across the lifespan
  • Advanced mental health NP management and care of clients in diverse populations
  • Professional issues for nurse practitioners
  • Advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Drexel University is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Two 3-day on-campus intensive experiences required (spring and summer)
  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from an accredited program required
  • Minimum one year of psychiatric nursing experience required
  • Current, unrestricted US RN license required

Restricted States

Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming