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Touching Lives. Transforming Health Care.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary mental health care providers for individuals and families, with a focus on mental health care through the lifespan. Graduates of this program are prepared to become licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with specialization as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Texas Board of Nursing, and to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lynda Jarrell, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor Clinical, College of Nursing

This program provides you a background to:

  • Apply neurobiological and psychosocial theories and use pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies in the provision of mental health care.
  • Assume responsibility as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to provide compassionate and collaborative mental health care for clients and families.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise in health promotion, illness prevention, and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.
  • Use research to explore outcomes of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice.

Degree Plans

Post-graduate certificate degree plans are individually created based on a gap analysis of the applicant's MSN transcript and experience. If you have questions about a post masters certificate program and what your specific degree program might look like, you will need to apply for admission to the university, including the submission of your transcripts and curriculum vitae for review.

The degree plan will be based on the MSN PMHNP course list, which you can find on this page.