Aug. 21, 2024
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Online Courses, Low Residency
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.
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 21-25 credit hours that are earned five didactic and two variable credit clinical courses. The didactic courses are offered via online modalities, both synchronous and asynchronous. The program will be personalized via gap analyses to determine the number of clinical practicum hours required of each student.
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 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate, the graduate will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes:
"As a graduate of WVU, I look forward to helping future students begin their own journeys to becoming a Mountaineer. At WVU Online, we are eager to guide you through the enrollment process with ease and want to provide you with the information and resources you need to be successful. Online degrees give everyone an opportunity to further their education and I can’t wait to help you do just that."
Eligible applicants are those who:
In addition, applicants:
To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.
Students must satisfactorily complete background checks and drug screens upon admission.
New program applicants with a positive drug screen will be ineligible for admission to the program and will forfeit their admission “seat.” Please see the WVU SON Drug and Alcohol Screening Policy and the Health Information and Credential Documentation Policy.
Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program may be considered for readmission if the dismissal was academic and was followed by successful completion of an additional degree. Any student who has withdrawn from the WVU School of Nursing program may be considered for readmission. Students may apply for readmission in accordance with the following guidelines and criteria but must follow the standard admission procedures. Students must meet all original admission requirements.
Depending on prerequisites completed, entry term into the program will vary from student to student. Students will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis until July 1. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions as they are reviewed.
Note: Certificate seeking students, with approval from the certificate program, may transfer up to 6 of the required credits for a graduate certificate from a different institution or applied from another previous or concurrent WVU degree or certificate. Individual course credits may be applied to no more than two degrees, majors, or certificates. Courses applied to a certificate must have been completed no more than seven years prior to certificate conferral.
Candidates for admission are evaluated on the entire admission packet. The WVU School of Nursing accepts new Post-MSN Certificate students on a rolling admission basis and will review all qualified applications based on admission criteria. Acceptance is dependent upon space available in the program with the most qualified applicants being accepted at the time of review. Decisions will be emailed to students. Accepted students will receive information regarding orientation and course registration. Students will be evaluated based on the following:
Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space and other essential resources.
Clinical rotations with approved preceptors in the final year of your program must be arranged with course faculty. Due to potential preceptor limitations, students may have to travel out of their local areas to their clinical sites and are required to provide their own reliable transportation.
Some students applying to certificate programs may have accrued direct patient care hours prior to admission. Upon request, the student’s program of study will be personalized via gap analyses to determine the number of clinical practicum hours required of each student. Any hours accrued prior to admission must have been academically supervised and completed in a setting and population appropriate to the certificate program in which the student is enrolled. Students must obtain a completed Verification of Qualifying MSN Clinical Hours and Gap Analysis form from the director of their previous program within the first semester of enrollment.
Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate total degree cost: $16,044 - $19,100 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
|NSG 775||PMHNP Role and Foundations||3|
|NSG 776||Psychotherapy Modalities||3|
|NSG 777||PMHNP Management of Adults||3|
|NSG 778||PMHNP Clinical Practicum I||3-5|
|NSG 779||PMHNP Management of Child/Adolescent||3|
|NSG 780||PMHNP Clinical Practicum II||3-5|
Total Hours: 21-25
Graduates will be able to:
This is a 21-25 credit hour program, consisting of five didactic and two variable credit clinical courses. All didactic courses are offered via online modalities. Four didactic courses focus on implementation of disciplined reasoning in the application of therapeutic and evidence-based psychiatric mental health advanced nursing practice across the lifespan. An additional didactic course is designed to reinforce role delineation between the primary care and psychiatric mental health APRN and explore common practice issues specific to the psychiatric mental health APRN. This course will explore the foundations of the role along with an overall introduction to psychiatric mental health nursing across the lifespan.
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.
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).
A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who specializes in providing mental health care to individuals of all ages. They have advanced training and education in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders. PMHNPs can work independently or as part of a healthcare team, and they often provide a wide range of services, including therapy, prescribing medications, and coordinating comprehensive treatment plans for their patients. Their goal is to promote mental well-being and help individuals achieve optimal mental health.
While both PMHNPs and therapists play important roles in mental health care, PMHNPs have the additional capability of prescribing medication and managing the medical aspects of mental health treatment, whereas therapists primarily focus on providing counseling and psychotherapy. It is common for PMHNPs and therapists to work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care to individuals seeking mental health support.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 40 percent from 2021 to 2031. The median wage for nurse practitioners in 2021 was $123,780.