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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate

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Explore the Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at NMSU Online

Have you already earned your master’s degree in nursing? Interested in specializing in mental health in your nursing career? Earning a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-master’s certificate at NMSU Online might be the right next career move for you.

This 100% online coursework graduate certification program from NMSU Online is a flexible, affordable way to build on your professional knowledge of issues across the human lifespan. Boost your value in the nursing field and learn to provide high-quality care for a wider range of patients.

Importantly, our curriculum is designed with an understanding of the broadness of the nursing profession and the specialization that it takes to pivot your career in this field.

That is why New Mexico State University's School of Nursing faculty are hard workers, supporting our students with beneficial options to help you expand on your nursing career and practice.


Graduate Certificate: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

College: Health, Education and Social Transformation

Program Credits: 18 credits

Program Length: 1 year

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $444.40*†
  • Active Military online: $250*†

Graduate Advisor: Anthony Castro

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

The curriculum builds upon four core PMHNP competencies:

  • Advanced Health Assessment (physical and psychosocial)
  • Diagnosis (diagnosis of mental disorders, pathophysiology, and neurophysiology)
  • Psychotherapy (individual, group, and family)
  • Medication Management (pharmacology and psychopharmacology)

Upon completion of this post-master's program, the NMSU Online graduate certificate holder is eligible to sit for the national certification exam.

Career Pathways

Job prospects for graduate certificate holders in this NMSU Online post-master's program may vary by your area of nursing specialization. Here is a sampling of potential paths that may interest you:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/ENP)
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Acute Care
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan)
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

NMSU Online also offers a 100% online coursework Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in Family Nursing Practitioner.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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