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Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Program Overview

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate track is designed to be a post-MSN non-degree seeking option for those who do not wish to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This program is designed for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), are licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), hold national certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and wish to become certified as a PMHNP. The curriculum for the program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006) and the National Organization for Nursing Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs. The program objectives build upon those for the masters in nursing program.

This program requires 30 credits and 750 clinical hours and will admit its first students for Fall 2021 enrollment. The PMHNP Certificate program is designed to include education and preparation that will assist the student to acquire the advanced knowledge and clinical skills to provide best practices and comprehensive care to clients across the lifespan. The clinical component of this program will focus on the mental health care needs of individuals and families whether in outpatient, inpatient, or private practice settings.

The program currently offers online studies in this track with courses following the traditional full-length semesters. Note that financial aid is not available for the certificate track as it is not a degree program.


School of Nursing FAQ

Special Notes about the Program

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information regarding eligibility.


Application Information

Admission related questions? Contact Dr. Beth Dibble at


Curriculum related questions? Contact Dr. Helene Vossos, Program Director, at


Helpful Information:

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . February 1

Admits for fall term only.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.   
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

Program requirements:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Nursing roles/experiences
  • Professional licensure
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the candidate's state of practice 
    • Copy of actual licensure showing expiration date is required
  • Certification
    • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner
    • Copy of actual certification showing expiration date is required
  • Masters degree in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution
    • Program accreditation by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC)
    • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Helene Vossos

Assistant Professor

Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs

Emily Schroder

Online Program Coordinator