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Post-Master Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate is designed for individuals who have earned a Master’s degree in nursing and seek nurse practitioner certification, or for certified nurse practitioners who would like to specify their patient population focus.

This program stresses the role of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner as a specialty area. A biopsychosocial model is used to examine issues relevant to adult mental health and illness, and prepare students to provide a wide range of mental health services across the lifespan. It includes the study and application of diagnostic and treatment modalities, theories and approaches to practice. Students learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services in all settings; the program enables graduates to deliver direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect advanced practice services (consultation, case management and supervision) to individuals who are at risk for and/or require mental health services. 

Key Program Features:

  • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive, learning format that challenges and engages students
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions 
  • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification through ANCC

This is a high-quality program that demands a major time commitment by advanced practicing nursing students. Because students are being trained to diagnose and treat patients, this program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a highly competent, confident and advanced nurse practitioner upon graduation. Thus, while most courses are offered online, some facets of the program do require on-campus visits and a clinical practicum rotation.**

On-Campus Requirements:

The College of Nursing and Health Professions' NP faculty members are committed to quality and excellence in all online Nurse Practitioner programs. In order to maintain the preeminence of these degrees, campus visits are essential to the program.  The on-campus visits include:

  • NURS 592 PMHNP I - Summer Residency (3 days)
  • NURS 593 PMHNP II - Fall Simulation Experience (2 days)
  • NURS 594 PMHNP III - Winter Simulation Experience (2 days)
  • NURS 595 PMHNP IV - Spring Residency (3 days)

During the residency visits, students will participate in simulated clinical learning experiences conducted in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary patient simulation lab. These visits allow professors to offer students direct support, guidance, and mentoring while providing students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and collaborate with their peers.