The PMHNP graduate certificate will prepare the advanced practice nurse (APN) with the expertise and skills to diagnose and treat individuals suffering with psychiatric and mental health disorders. The graduate certificate courses will provide the APN with the skills to prescribe psychotropic medication and provide psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. Upon completion of the approved courses, the certificate seeking student will be eligible to take the PMHNP American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam.
It is projected that a full time student can complete the certificate in one year and part-time students may require 18 to 24 months for completion.
A master’s degree in nursing (M.S.N.) or doctoral degree in nursing (Ph.D. or D.N.P.)
Current certification as a Nurse Practitioner and a license to practice as a registered nurse
Cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the graduate level
Current certification in BLS or ACLS
Completed Graduate College application
Resume or curriculum vitae that includes prior education and professional practice
Professionally written letter describing career goals and how certification will assist in achieving those goals
Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
Three letters of reference from professional contacts
Personal phone interview with graduate nursing faculty
Please note: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.
All students with a current certification as a Nurse Practitioner will be required to complete the following courses and clinical hours to enable them to meet the criteria established by ANCC for the PMHNP certification exam. The PMHNP courses have met prior approval by the Radford University Graduate College, for the PMHNP concentration in the post-B.S.N. to D.N.P. degree.