The PMHNP certificate program prepares psychiatric mental health-care nurses to treat people across the lifespan with psychiatric disorders at a beginning level of practice. Graduates will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing practice across the lifespan, nursing theories and nursing research. Health assessment, primary prevention, health-care maintenance, clinical decision-making and illness management are emphasized in the classroom and clinical practica. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take an PMHNP national board certification examination. Applicants must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse to qualify for entry into the PMHNP Graduate Certificate program,
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.
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To qualify for entry into a Certificate program, you must have a degree and active licensure as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or certified midwife). Additionally, applicants to the AGACNP specialty must have RN experience in an acute care setting. Certificate programs admit for a fall start only.
All applicants to the certificate program should review the application information on the College of Nursing's website. Admission requirements include copies of RN licensure and other documents. Additional program information, including curriculum and clinical requirements, is available here: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/content/graduate-nurse-practitioner-certificates
We do not require any standardized tests for admission to the certificate program.
Certificate students may not be eligible for financial aid.
Students are admitted to the certificate program once per year for an August start. Applications open in February with deadlines in early April. Applicants are encouraged to review the information and updated deadlines on the College of Nursing website prior to submitting an application. Additional program information, including curriculum and clinical requirements, is available here: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/content/graduate-nurse-practitioner-certificates
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
NURS 573: Psychopharmacology, 1 unit
NURS 609a: Health Assessment, 3 units
NURS 501: Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology, 3 units
NURS 542: Pediatric Pharmacotherapeutics, 1 unit
NURS 628: Introduction to Behavioral Health Therapy Across the Lifespan, 3 units
NURS 629a: Advanced Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 4 units
NURS 629c: Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III: Focus on child and adolescent, 2 units
NURS 572: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics, 3 units
NURS 629b: Advanced Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing II, 4 units
NURS 683: Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults, 3 units
NURS 693a: Residency, 3 units
The certificate prepares graduates to be advanced care providers in roles as nurse practitioners and requires completion of 30 credits and 540 clinical hours. Additional program information, including details regarding curriculum and clinical requirements, is available here: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/content/graduate-nurse-practitioner-certificates
TOTAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM HOURS: 540
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.