May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

This is a post-graduate certificate for APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) to achieve specialty certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This 24-credit hour program can be completed in four semesters of part-time study. Fully-online delivery makes this an attractive option for working professionals, particularly those from geographically isolated areas.

In the PMHNP post-graduate certificate program, students are required to complete 540 hours of supervised direct patient care clinical hours prior to graduation. A clinical coordinator facilitates clinical placement in collaboration with the student. Clinical hours are distributed to ensure that PMHNP students have adequate exposure to patients across the lifespan, in accordance with their role preparation and population focus competencies. Students are expected to complete at least 100 hours with pediatric populations, 100 hours with adult/older adult populations, and 100 hours with patients requiring addictions/recovery support services. Clinical settings vary and may include hospital inpatient, residential environments, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, emergency/crisis settings, and telehealth applications.  Preceptors will be academically and experientially qualified for their role in the delivery of psychiatric and mental health care (medication management and psychotherapeutics), including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists, and licensed clinical therapists and counselors. 

Upon completion of the PMHNP gost-graduate certificate program, graduates are eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission Requirements

  • MSN or DNP from an accredited college or university and an accredited program
  • National APRN certificate
  • Current unencumbered RN and APRN license
  • Phone interview

Students who reside outside the state of Michigan should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing in their state of residency prior to beginning this program. SVSU cannot confirm whether the courses or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence. Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Louisiana, Minnesota, New York and Oregon.

Students who did not complete the required equivalent graduate level coursework in Advanced Pathophysiology across the lifespan, Advanced Pharmacology across the lifespan, and Advanced Physical Assessment across the lifespan prior to admission may have additional courses and credits required to complete the program of study.