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

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Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program (PMHNP)

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program is meant for nurses with their Master’s or DNP degree who are Family Nurse Practitioners who would like to add this skill set to their practice. APRNs will also be considered. Graduates of this certificate program will be eligible to take the national certification exam in advanced practice nursing as a PMH Nurse Practitioner.

Our program develops clinicians who manage the care of patients and participate in system change. This is done by identifying best practices in the psychiatric and mental healthcare of the individual and family. Graduates will increase their contribution to healthcare through the knowledge and skills developed in this program.

The program of study includes courses in advanced psychopharmacology and theory and practice of psychotherapeutic modalities. The PMHNP Certificate program also contains content in health promotion, differential diagnosis, and disease management and prevention across the lifespan. Students complete 24 credit hours and 540 clinical hours.  This program is 100% online.

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Important Dates

Winter 2019 Start
Accepting applications through December 7, 2018
Semester Begins: January 7, 2019

Summer 2019 Start
Accepting applications through April 15, 2019
Semester Begins: May 6, 2019

Academic Model

100% Online Program, with clinical components fulfilled in home state
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RMUoHP PMHNP Certificate Program Highlights

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Start Date

Janurary 7, 2019

PMHNP Program

Educational Model

Instruction in the PMHNP program will be delivered through the learning management system (LMS). Instruction delivered 14 weeks of each semester using asynchronous online methods. This program is 100% online.

National Certification

Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam and apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing as a PMH Nurse Practitioner. This program does not lead to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

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Semester Course Credits Pre-requisite(s) Co-requisite(s)
Semester 1 Psychopharmacology
Students focus on prescribing and monitoring psychopharmaceutical and alternative therapeutic agents in conditions commonly encountered by the psychiatric/mental health advanced practice nurse. This course focuses on advanced concepts in neuroscience, pharmacogenomics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics in the integration of evidence-based prescribing, as well as ethical and legal aspects of pharmacotherapeutics.
3 none none
Semester 2 Psychotherapeutic Assessment & Practice
Explores the theoretical foundations of psychotherapy and therapeutic modalities, and strategies to implement evidence-based therapeutic modalities in advanced nursing mental health practice. Learning focuses on advanced psychiatric assessment including mental status exam and psychiatric history and the application of theory-directed implementation and evaluation of individual, family, and group therapies across the lifespan and in multiple settings.
3 Psychopharmacology Specialty Focus I
Specialty Focus I (Adults & Older Adults)
Students will apply knowledge of advanced health assessment, psychopathophysiology, psychopharmacotherapeutics, and psychotherapy/therapeutic modalities in the recognition and management of acute and serious mental illness in clinical settings. The population of interest for this course is adult women and men and the older adult (65 plus years of age). Genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences will be considered as differential diagnosis and treatment plans are proposed. Laboratory findings, diagnostic studies will be integrated into the plan of care. The physical, ethical, legal and social aspects of providing mental health care to adults and aging adults will be explored.
6(3+3) Psychopharmacology
Semester 3 Specialty Focus II (Children, Adolescents, Families)
Students will continue to apply knowledge of advanced health assessment, psychopathophysiology, psychopharmacotherapeutics, and psychotherapy/therapeutic modalities in recognition and management of acute and serious mental illness, and mental health, most often seen in the pediatric and adolescent population aged 0-18 years of age. Differential diagnoses and treatment plans will include genetic, age, gender, cultural influences and developmental milestones, as well as laboratory findings, and diagnostic studies. Strategies and interventions in education, family support, and facilitated family and group communication specific to mental health will be included.
6(3+3) Psychotherapeutics,
Specialty Focus I
none
Semester 4 Specialty Focus III (Setting & Population‐Based Care)
Students will develop and apply knowledge in the recognition & management of acute and serious mental illness to individuals, families, and groups in specific settings and populations. Settings include but are not limited to prisons, addiction and pain clinics, homes, and student health clinics. Populations include but are not limited to the marginalized or underserved, e.g., homeless, immigrant, refugee, and veteran populations. These settings and populations are unique to those experienced in previous clinical courses, giving the students exceptional experience in interprofessional communication and resource procurement, and a broad range of application of evidencebased practice in the most current and critical of acute and serious mental illness management.
6(3+3) Specialty Focus II none

Semester 1

Psychopharmacology

3 Credits

Students focus on prescribing and monitoring psychopharmaceutical and alternative therapeutic agents in conditions commonly encountered by the psychiatric/mental health advanced practice nurse. This course focuses on advanced concepts in neuroscience, pharmacogenomics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics in the integration of evidence-based prescribing, as well as ethical and legal aspects of pharmacotherapeutics.

Semester 2

Psychotherapeutic
Assessment & Practice

3 Credits
Pre-requisite(s) – Psychopharm
Co-requisite(s) – Specialty Focus I

Explores the theoretical foundations of psychotherapy and therapeutic modalities, and strategies to implement evidence-based therapeutic modalities in advanced nursing mental health practice. Learning focuses on advanced psychiatric assessment including mental status exam and psychiatric history and the application of theory-directed implementation and evaluation of individual, family, and group therapies across the lifespan and in multiple settings.

Specialty Focus I (Adults & Older Adults)

6 (3+3) Credits
Pre-requisite(s) – Psychotherapeutics

Students will apply knowledge of advanced health assessment, psychopathophysiology, psychopharmacotherapeutics, and psychotherapy/therapeutic modalities in the recognition and management of acute and serious mental illness in clinical settings. The population of interest for this course is adult women and men and the older adult (65 plus years of age). Genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences will be considered as differential diagnosis and treatment plans are proposed. Laboratory findings, diagnostic studies will be integrated into the plan of care. The physical, ethical, legal and social aspects of providing mental health care to adults and aging adults will be explored.

Semester 3

Specialty Focus II (Children, Adolescents, Families)

6(3+3) Credits 
Pre-requisite(s) – Psychotherapeutics,
Specialty Focus I

Semester 4

Specialty Focus III (Setting & Population‐Based Care)

6(3+3) Credits 
Pre-requisite(s) – Specialty Focus II

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.(http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

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Take the first step toward your PMHNP certificate

Are you looking to expand your career opportunities in the field of nursing and become a leader in psychiatric mental health? If so, applying to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’s PMH certificate program is the best way to begin.

We invite you to explore the program materials on our website, contact the program director, schedule a meeting with a program advisor who can help you decide whether RMUoHP’s online psychiatric mental health practitioner certificate program is right for you. We are here to help you every step of the way as you make this exciting decision.

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RMUoHP hopes to help current, and future nurses visualize how to move forward with their educational and professional goals. The Nursing Degrees Pathway diagram illustrates the variety of nursing degree and career pathways available to nurses. It is our goal to make the process as less stressful so future and current nurses will be able to see the options that they have in their current position but also where they can end up.

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We are committed to the development
of family nursing professionals who can:

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Provide Psychiatric and Mental Healthcare in a Variety of Settings

Assess, diagnose, and manage common acute and chronic primary healthcare problems of individuals and families.

 
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Provide Competent Patient Care

Identify the epidemiologic roots of health problems affecting family/community systems and evaluate the impact of environmental stressors on individual, family and community health.

 
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Demonstrate Analytical Skills

Use sophisticated research and evidence-based thinking to evaluate clinical practice and adapt patient care as necessary.

 
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Collaborate with Teams to Improve Processes

Work with colleagues across healthcare disciplines to improve clinical care for different populations of clientsand those in settings unique to mental healthcare.

 

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