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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Aug. 17, 2022

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WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Provide Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Care

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in providing advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care in their community. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification. You will perform advanced clinical differential diagnoses and management of patients to this selection population. The program includes 540 total clinical hours. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever and all students pay in-state tuition rates. You can complete your degree in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

August 17, 2022

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Program Details

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This program prepares nurses who have already earned a master’s degree, or higher, in nursing to sit for either the national certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The post-graduate FNP certificate program requires a minimum of 16 credits that are earned in four courses. Two courses are clinical, affording the student the opportunity to complete the 600 hours of supervised clinical practice as required in order to sit for the national certification examination. Two courses are didactic and offered via webcast and the internet, affording the student the opportunity to take these courses off-campus.

Each student’s program will be individualized based on educational and experiential background. Prerequisites to registration for the four required courses in the program are evidence of competence in the following three areas: advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced assessment.

At the completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate, the graduate will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations, incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions based on nursing science and other sciences.
  3. Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with patients (individual, family or group) and other professionals to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice.
  6. Educate and guide individuals and groups through complex health and situational transitions.

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Application Information


  • Degree of Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on graduate degree work.
  • Hold an active, unrestricted RN license in at least one state.
  • Hold current national nurse practitioner certification for advanced practice in family, gerontology, or adult primary care; and evidence of completion of stand-alone graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment across the lifespan.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Please note for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, admission preference is given to applicants with at least one year of experience in an advanced practice role in an approved psychiatric mental health setting and/or at least two years of experiences as an APRN.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

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Depending on pre-requisites completed, entry term into the program will vary from student to student.

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  1. Click on the Apply Now button above.
  2. Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
    • Program Delivery Method: Online
    • Type of Student: Certificate
    • Which Program: Select your Post-MSN Program
  3. You will be asked to select a Progression Plan on the Nursing Application. The Post Graduate certificate is only offered as a full-time program.
  4. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. Click here for guidelines on writing the essay

Computer Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

  1. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to
  2. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.
  3. Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).


Students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Nursing GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Writing Statement Score
  • Overall GPA

Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the start of the semester.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate requires 25 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $726.

Total Degree Cost

$18,150 – Residents and Non-Residents

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Nurse Practitioner
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Acute Care Nurse
Projected Growth: 11% higher *Bright Outlook

Nursing Professor
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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