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College of Nursing:
Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This certificate program prepares nurses with an MSN or a nurse practitioner MSN degree with the specialized information, knowledge, and skills to be eligible to take the national NP certification examination appropriate to the specialty and to obtain NP licensure at the state level.

Note on Licensure, Certification, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner

Most states require graduation from a CCNE-accredited nurse practitioner program to be eligible to apply for certification to practice as an NP. However, the requirements for certification as a nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of nurse practitioners has its own academic requirements and issues its own credential to practice in that state. While Walden University enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure and certification eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure/certification-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable board of nursing or agency that has jurisdiction over Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Note on CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Certificate Requirements

  • 43 total quarter credits with 640 clinical hours
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Specialization courses (40 credits)

Core Curriculum

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Term Course Credits
Quarter 1

NURS 6003 - Perspectives on Graduate Study for Advanced Nursing Practice

3 credits
Quarter 2

NURS 6501 - Advanced Pathophysiology

5 credits

NURS 6512 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

5 credits
Quarter 3

NURS 6521 - Advanced Pharmacology

5 credits

NURS 6630 - Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology*

5 credits
Quarter 4

NRNP 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning

PRAC 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning Practicum

5 credits (3 credits didactic, 2 credits practicum)
Quarter 5

NRNP 6645 - Psychotherapy With Multiple Modalities

PRAC 6645 - Psychotherapy With Multiple Modalities Practicum

5 credits (3 credits didactic, 2 credits practicum)
Quarter 6

NRNP 6665 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Care Across the Lifespan I

PRAC 6665 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Care Across the Lifespan I Practicum

5 credits (3 credits didactic, 2 credits practicum)
Quarter 7

NRNP 6675 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Care Across the Lifespan II

PRAC 6675 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Care Across the Lifespan II Practicum

5 credits (3 credits didactic, 2 credits practicum)

 

*Courses must be taken at Walden University.
With the exception of NURS 6003, all didactic courses are 5 quarter credits.
All clinical courses are 3 credits didactic and 2 credits clinical practice.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating

Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.