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Post-Master's Certificate - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner (PMHNP)

The PMHNP program prepares graduates to function as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  PMHNPs provide treatment of psychiatric disorders for individuals, families and groups in a variety of clinical settings, using therapeutic techniques and pharmacological treatments and interventions. The Washburn University School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span) Post-Graduate Certificate program has met ANCC's certification eligibility educational requirements.   Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population.   Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.  

 Applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters. This program will enable the student to expand their abilities and opportunities in current practice and future employment  options.   The  PMHNP offers two tracks for post-graduate students:

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult Nurse Practitioner -- These tracks are designed for students who have graduated from an FNP or ANP program, but without psychiatric/mental health preparation.
  2. Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist -- This track is designed for the Psychiatric CNS, desiring to complete the additional education requirements to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.   

The School of Nursing is committed to the highest standards of graduate education in a student friendly environment.  The program is part-time and may be completed in 4 semesters, allowing the student time for work and family obligations.  Courses are offered in a hybrid format combining both online and on-campus classes.

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate from an accredited MSN program
  • Current licensure to practice as a Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric CNS

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