May 28, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate – CTPMHN

School of Nursing
Athens Campus (Main Office)
Grover Center E365
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
800-560-0144 (toll free)

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Summer

Enrollment Eligibility: Current degree-seeking or non-degree status

Certificate Overview

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master’s Certificate prepares students who already hold a master’s in nursing to complete the essential didactic and clinical components to be eligible for certification as a PMHNP. The PMHNP provides advanced psychiatric skills needed to offer therapy, prescribe psychiatric medications, and provide clinical management to under-served patients with mental illness and chronic medical co-morbidities. Upon certificate completion, students are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner examination for the Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Across the Lifespan) national certification.

Clinical practicum experiences occur in mental-health care settings under the supervision of qualified preceptors for a minimum of 500 direct care hours. The certificate can be completed in 4 semesters.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to synthesize knowledge derived from a scientific foundation and evidence-based practice to demonstrate expertise in advanced nursing practice.
  • Students will be able to analyze health care policies to enhance and improve population health outcomes across diverse clinical practice settings.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate leadership and inter-professional collaboration for improving clinical prevention and health outcomes.
  • Students will be able to synthesize and apply quality improvement strategies to promote positive health outcomes.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and confidence for entry-level advanced nursing practice.
  • Students will be able to integrate knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics in the advanced nursing practice role.

Opportunities upon Completion

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) offer primary care services to the psychiatric-mental health population. Graduates of the PMHNP program will be eligible for national board certification and may practice in variety of settings including mental health clinics, correctional facilities and private practice.

Admission Requirements

  • Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent on previous graduate course work 
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in an approved state (
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty

Prerequisites to Admission

Students must have completed the following courses or the equivalent with a minimum of a B (3.0):

  • NRSE 6221 - Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners
  • NRSE 6230 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRSE 6210 - Advanced Pathophysiology

Students who have not completed these prerequisites may take them as non-degree seeking students prior to admission. Please contact the MSN program at for further information.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

See Graduate Nursing Handbook

  • Specified health status/clinical requirements (i.e., immunization status, BLS certification)
  • Federal and state background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance

International Students

This certificate program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Completion Requirements

This post-Master’s certificate requires 20 credit hours of didactic/clinical courses to fulfill certificate requirements and eligibility criteria for national certification as a PMHNP.

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