Division of Continuing and Global Education
Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP)
Unlock a new level of expertise in mental health care with our specialized postgraduate program at the School of Nursing! Tailored for dedicated nurse practitioners seeking to excel in the field of mental health, this program aligns with national certification standards set by the American Nurse Credentialing Center for Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Elevate your professional competence and gain exclusive access to cutting-edge mental health knowledge. Enroll now and be at the forefront of compassionate and effective mental health care.
Embark on a transformative journey with our Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP)! This comprehensive, 19-unit program is meticulously crafted to equip primary care nurse practitioners with the skills to deliver holistic psychiatric care across all life stages. In just one year, you'll gain invaluable clinical experience through 520 hours of faculty-supervised training. Our program is structured to meet the stringent standards for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, qualifying you as an esteemed Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Experience unparalleled convenience and flexibility with our online program delivery! Utilizing state-of-the-art videoconferencing, videostreaming, and asynchronous computer-based applications, we bring the education to you. With just four on-site visits spread over the one-year program, you'll have the freedom to balance your studies with your professional and personal commitments.
NURS 243. Management of Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Problems Across the
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.
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.
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)
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.
NURS 247. Management and Care of Patients with Acute and Chronic Psychiatric Conditions
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).
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.
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).
- 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. 2 years of experience as a nurse practitioner is required.
- Valid California Nurse Practitioner license and furnishing number.
- Current Drug Enforcement Administration authorization for Schedule II medications.
- Three letters of recommendation.
Admission to the program is a three-step process:
Step 1: Apply to the University
Step 2: Apply to the Program
Please be prepared to attach to your application the following:
- Proof of completion of Master of Science in Nursing (copy of degree or unofficial transcript)
- Proof the applicant has a minimum of two years working as an FNP by the time of submission
- Three letters of recommendation (one compiled pdf)
- Copy of current Drug Enforcement Authorization for Schedule II medications
- Personal statement to be enclosed with the following prompt:
Describe how your past work experiences have prepared you to pursue a Post-Masters Certificate in PMHNP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org*
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.
Questions about the program? Don't hesitate; contact us today!