Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 34.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional (CIP) Code: 51.3810
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29.1123

About the Program

This certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Transcripts will be reviewed and course work will be determined on an individual basis. Students meet on campus for a mandatory On Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Once the certificate program is successfully  completed, students will be eligible to sit for the ANCC's Psychiatric and Mental Health Certification Examination.

The nurse practitioner faculty is committed to quality and excellence in the nurse practitioner (NP) programs. Students meet on campus for mandatory On-Campus Intensive (OCI) learning experiences, simulation, and evaluation. Mandatory on-campus visits each quarter are essential to students transitioning into the NP role. Following clinical orientation, these mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:

  • 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • 3rd Year, Winter Term – students come to campus during the third clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • 3rd Year, Spring Term – students come to campus during the fourth clinical course for 2-3 days for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI).

 For more information about this program, visit Drexel's MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs web page.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • A copy of your current, unrestricted United States RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry website are acceptable. Once accepted, applicants must have a current RN license in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, students are required to have a RN Nursing License for the state in which the clinical practicum rotations are being completed.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address, You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Click here to use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions. If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliated with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
  • Current Curriculum vitae and/or resume detailing work experience, including specific job responsibilities and departments.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (from either a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study). References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Click here for instructions regarding their submission. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal statement (800-1,600 words) that will give the Admissions Committee a better understanding of why you are choosing this particular program of study, your plans upon completion of this program, and how your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
  • International applicants: Please click here to view additional requirements.
  • Once the student is accepted into the program, a GAP analysis may be completed to determine credit eligibilty for previously faculty supervised clinical hours. Note: The Gap Analysis is not mandatory for acceptance into the program. If the prospective student chooses to have a Gap Analysis completed, it is performed after confirmed admissions.
  • A personal interview may be required (online or telephone options will be available).

Program of Study
All incoming post-master’s students in nurse practitioner tracks have the opportunity for previous coursework to be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer of credit. Students should check with the MSN Program Transfer Credit Evaluator for the exact schedule. Psychopharmacology is required prior to beginning the clinical courses.

Required Courses
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
Concentration Courses
NURS 555Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3.0
NURS 592PMHNP I: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology I5.0
NURS 593PMHNP II: Advanced Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Foundations and Psychopathology II5.0
NURS 594PMHNP III: Adv Mental Hlth NP Treatment Modalities for Diverse Populations Across the Lifespan5.0
NURS 595PMHNP IV: Adv Mental Hlth NP Management and Care of Clients in Diverse Pop Across the Lifespan.5.0
NURS 664Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners1.0
Total Credits34.0
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