Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
University of Southern Mississippi

Program Details

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner allows master’s-prepared nurses to add an additional clinical emphasis area to their existing skill set. Graduates are eligible to sit for PMHNP national certification from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Students in this online Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program gain the skills and knowledge necessary to help individuals, families, and groups with psychiatric disorders and mental healthcare needs. Courses examine the role of research and evidence as guides in clinical practice. The program emphasizes leadership opportunities in clinical, educational, and administrative settings.

Coursework examines topics such as:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Psychobiological theories and assessment
  • PMHNP diagnosis and management of individuals
  • PMHNP diagnosis and management with groups and families
  • Psychopharmacology

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Requires one campus visit per semester
  • Must have a Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution, including an introductory statistics course
  • Must have a current, unrestricted RN license eligible for practice in Mississippi and at least one year of recent clinical experience as an RN