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PMHNP

Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP)

Are you a nurse practitioner who is challenged by care for individuals with mental health issues? If so, the School of Nursing has a postgraduate program designed especially for you. This unique program meets the requirements for national certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The program is designed to assist in your professional competence, providing access to specialized mental health knowledge.


Program

The Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) is a 19-unit, one-year post-master's program designed to prepare primary care nurse practitioners to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients throughout the life cycle. This is a formally constructed program which includes 520 hours of faculty supervised clinical experience and meets the requirements for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Program Fees

This program costs $600.00 per unit for 19 units, or $11,400.00 in total. Financial aid is not available.

To enhance access and provide flexibility, the program is offered online via videoconferencing, videostreaming, and asynchronous computer-based applications. Only four on-site visits are required over the course of this one-year program.

NURS 243. Management of Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Problems Across the Life Span
Major theories and models of psychiatric disorders and mental health problems.  Symptoms, underlying causes, and management of common mental disorders seen in primary care settings such as eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and depression discussed.  Ethical issues. Focus on patient as individual.
Units: 2

NURS 244. Advanced Psychopharmacology Across the Life Span
Current scientific knowledge of psychotropic regimens and application to psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. Advanced concepts in neuroscience, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and clinical management.
Units: 3

NURS 245. Management of Common Psychiatric Conditions Across the Life Span Practicum
Assessment, diagnosis, and management of common mental health disorders in primary care. Critical analysis of clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion and maintenance and prevention of common psychiatric problems in primary care. Role of PMHNP in community mental health. (108 hour practicum)
Units: 2

NURS 246. Methods of Psychotherapy
Types and principles of family, adult, and child psychotherapeutic interventions.  Group psychotherapeutic processes and methods of facilitation.  Models of crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral and motivational interventions.  Focus on families and groups.
Units: 2

NURS 247. Management and Care of Patients with Acute and Chronic Psychiatric Conditions Practicum
Assessment, diagnosis, and psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic management of common mental disorders, including psychotic conditions, uncommon presentations, acute exacerbations, and crises. (206 hour practicum, of which 45 hours are to be in psychotherapy).
Units: 4

NURS 248. Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Problems in Special Populations
Assessment, diagnosis, and management of common psychiatric conditions in elderly, children, adolescents, and diverse populations. Effect of culture on expression of illness, help-seeking behaviors, and treatment.  Disparities in mental health care, legal and ethical issues.  Focus on community.
Units: 2

NURS 249. Management and Mental Health Care of Special Populations Practicum
Assessment, diagnosis, and psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic management of common mental disorders, with an emphasis on care of the elder adult, children, adolescents, and diverse populations. (206 hour practicum, of which 45 hours are to be in psychotherapy).
Units: 4


Admission

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022.

Candidates selected for admission will be notified by November 15, 2022. Classes begin in Spring 2023.
Admission criteria:

  • Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Currently practicing as a primary care nurse practitioner, i.e. Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
  • Valid California Nurse Practitioner license and furnishing number.
  • Current Drug Enforcement Administration authorization for Schedule II medications.
  • Two letters of recommendation. 

Admission to the program is a three-step process:

Step 1: Apply to the University

Apply to the University as a graduate student via Cal State Apply. Each admission application you file requires a $70 application fee. This fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to another term.
Apply via Cal State Apply

Step 2: Apply to the Program

Mail the Program Application to:

Juan Bedolla
School of Nursing
California State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon Avenue M/S MH25 Fresno, CA 93740-8031
Telephone: (559) 278-5389

This document cannot be emailed!

Download the Program Application

Step 3: Submit Transcripts

Electronic- transcripts sent electronically or as a PDF attachment MUST come directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted for admission review. 

Have your institution email transcripts to:
Fresno State Admissions OR Fresno State Division of Graduate Studies at imaging@csufresno.edu*

Hardcopy- transcripts must remain in their original, sealed envelope. 

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Office
California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave M/S JA57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

*This is a secure email for transcript submission ONLY. Contact the Program Coordinator with any questions about your application.

Contact

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