Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

This advanced hybrid post-professional master’s certificate program will prepare post-master’s nurses to practice in psychiatric and mental health practitioner roles in a variety of health care institutions. Nurses seeking career advancement opportunities through graduate education for nurse practitioner positions specializing in psychiatry and mental health will be prepared to effectively translate innovative practice models and expertly direct the delivery of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral health care across organizational models. The graduate of this certificate program will be prepared to skillfully translate research and utilize evidenced-based practice knowledge to direct individual and population health care with a focus on mental and behavioral health. The acquisition of advanced knowledge and clinical judgment will afford society a fully educated nurse practitioner specialist who champions accountable care for improvement in health outcomes.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website. International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage for additional requirements.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nationally accredited nursing program. The BSN degree must be reflected on the transcript at the time of application.
  • Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nationally accredited nursing program. The MSN degree must be reflected on the transcript at the time of application. The MSN must reflect Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner focus.
  • complete admissions procedures listed on The Graduate College website. This includes a completed application through an online application system and payment of the non-refundable application fee of $20.00.
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate nursing courses from an accredited college or university, plus any graduate coursework taken at an accredited college or university.
  • completed undergraduate, upper division course in statistics with a grade of C or higher. The course must be completed prior to the beginning of the first semester of the program with transcripts submitted.
  • current, unencumbered RN and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure and prescriptive authority in Texas or other state(s) in which the student will complete practicum courses. The license must be printed from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) or state of RN/APRN licensure website.
  • three (3) professional letters of reference from persons competent to assess the applicant’s academic capability and interest in pursuing the higher levels of nursing practice.
  • resume/CV reflecting a minimum of one year of experience as an RN.
  • official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted (for the application review, copies of transcripts can be submitted but admitted students have to provide an official transcript). Upon review of transcripts the applicant may have to take a lifespan Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Health Assessment.
  • written persuasive personal essay to the Admissions Committee stating why they should select the applicant for admission to the PMHNP-C program.

The 40 admitted students must also meet the following requirements before beginning the program:

  • Pass a background check (in addition to that on file at the BON and a drug test).
  • Present a completed Health Certificate signed by a health care provider.
  • Show proof of immunizations required by the program and clinical partners.
  • Present documentation of health insurance for each semester while enrolled in the St. David’s School of Nursing. If a student does not have health insurance, there are many resources to obtain coverage available on the internet. The following is a site posted on the Texas State website:
  • Attend New Student Orientation (TBA) at the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock – 9AM to 5PM.

The post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner requires 29 semester credit hours.

Course Requirements

Required Courses
NURS 5176Models of Psychotherapy1
NURS 5177Models of Psychotherapy Practicum1
NURS 5180Advanced Health Assessment Applications for PMHNP1
NURS 5182Psychoeducation Theory1
NURS 5183Psychoeducation Practicum1
NURS 5184Focused Specialty Practice Practicum1
NURS 5273Neuroscience for Mental Health Practitioners2
NURS 5274Developmental Models of Care Across the Lifespan2
NURS 5275Developmental Models of Care Across the Lifespan Practicum2
NURS 5278Acute and Crisis Models of Care Across the Lifespan2
NURS 5279Acute and Crisis Models of Care Across the Lifespan Practicum2
NURS 5281Psychopharmacology2
NURS 5287Chronic Mental Health Self-Management Across the Lifespan Practicum2
NURS 5372Psychological Theory for Mental Health Practitioners3
NURS 5384Role, Leadership, Policy, and Ethics Within the US Healthcare Delivery System3
NURS 5386Chronic Mental Health Self-Management Across the Lifespan3
Total Hours29