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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Online

Program Overview

Complement your master’s or doctoral nursing education with a graduate certificate you can earn online and around your rounds. Our graduate certificate program builds on your prior education to further develop your knowledge and competencies for specialized practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

  • Program Format

    Online
  • Credit Hours

    21
  • Tuition Per Hour

    $440

Develop a specialization in psychiatric mental health

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program focuses on the care of individuals, families and populations across the lifespan who are at risk for a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Coursework will prepare you to provide primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings.

Currently, only residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.

  • Application DeadlineAugust 1 for spring admission

Curriculum

Students who focus on the graduate certificate program will complete 21 credit hours. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Spring – Year 1

  • NUR 591 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role and Issues

Semester Credits: 3

Summer – Year 1

  • NUR 593 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
  • NUR 594 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

Fall – Year 2

  • NUR 595 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II
  • NUR 596 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical II (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

Spring – Year 2

  • NUR 597 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III
  • NUR 598 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical III (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

The student’s transcripts will be assessed for the following courses. In the absence of transcript credit, the following courses must be completed.

  • NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 521 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NUR 529 Advanced Pathophysiology

Admission

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the nurse practitioner post-graduate are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison, Vickie Samuel, at (205) 348-8163 or vickie.bama@ua.edu.

NOTE:  Currently, only residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.  Please check this site in the future for changes in the residency requirement.

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited graduate program in nursing or a master’s degree in a health-related field with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  2. For regular admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the graduate work is required.
  3. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Application Process for the Post-Graduate

Enrollment into the Post-Graduate Certificate program is available for the Spring semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the August 1 deadline.  

Post-Graduate Application Process

  • Begin your graduate application at the UA Graduate School.
  • Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  • Upload supporting documents.  Upload the supporting documents below into your graduate application.
    • Statement of purpose –Please complete the statement of purpose guidelines MSN/Nurse Practitioner Statement of Purpose Guidelines.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae 
    • Contact information for two references – The references should be professionals who can provide insight regarding your potential for success in the graduate program.  The Graduate School will contact these references via e-mail.
    • Copy of active RN license from every state in which you are licensed.  A screenshot of your online verification is sufficient.  Note: Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Interview – Applicants will receive instructions on this step once the application is complete with the above requirements.

Additionally, we may require the following:

  • Official MAT or GRE score – If your grade point average (GPA) is lower than a 3.0, based on a 4.0 system, either overall or in your last 60 hours, an acceptable Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must be submitted by the testing service to the Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.  Test scores may not be older than 5 years of the application date.  Use school code 1012 for MAT and 1830 for GRE.
  • English proficiency exam score – Whether an international or a permanent resident, if your first language is not English, you must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE). Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.
  • Upon admission, you will receive written notification of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. You will also receive a letter from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at CCN outlining requirements for entry into the post-graduate program.

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