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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Graduates are prepared to care for people with both acute and chronic mental health problems. Students examine mental health theories in the classroom and work with preceptors in clinical settings to develop reasoning, patient assessment, and patient management skills.

There is an overwhelming need in the United States for more psychiatric nurses. Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition and of those individuals, 1 in 5 reported having an unmet need related to their condition.

The PMH graduate certificate program is designed for MSN and DNP-prepared nurses who desire an additional certification as a PMHNP. This three semester program is delivered via our convenient blended distance education model, with minimal on-campus requirements.

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Pearson, G. S. (2019). Workforce Issues. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 25(1), 5–6.

Program of Study for Summer 2020 Cohort

Students seeking admission to the PMH graduate certificate program must have completed three prerequisite courses (or equivalent courses at another institution) prior to entry into N519:

N504 – Advanced Health Assessment

N505 – Advanced Pharmacology

N515 – Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice

  • Students who hold an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license have generally completed the prerequisite courses through their APRN degree program. Transcripts must be reviewed and courses verified to ensure compliance with prerequisite requirements.
  • Students who hold a graduate degree in Nursing Administration, Leadership, Informatics, Education or other non-clinical specialty will likely require enrollment in one or more of the prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the PMH graduate certificate program. Students who lack prerequisites are welcome to complete them at UT. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at for more information about prerequisite course availability.


Summer 2020 (3 hours) Hours
519 Psychopharmacology 3
Fall 2020 (9 hours)
PMH Didactic I 4
PMH Clinical I 5
Spring 2021 (9 hours)
PMH Didactic II 4
PMH Clinical II 5

PMH Graduate Certificate Program of Study (PDF)


Program Chair Graduate Programs Advisor

Allyson Neal
Clinical Assist Prof

April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
Graduate Programs Advisor