Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
South Dakota State University

Program Details

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate prepares nurses to care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical healthcare needs. This online program is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree who want to gain certification in another specialty.

Courses cover both outpatient and inpatient care for patients of all ages and diagnoses. Classes are offered online, with 540 clinical hours required. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

South Dakota State University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Applicaton Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Must have a master's degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program, with an approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years
  • Submit evidence of current RN licensure
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice prior to first clinical course
  • Complete compliance requirements: background check, FBI fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, TB test