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Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Post-Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program is designed for those who currently hold a master's degree in nursing and are looking to specialize in caring for those in the psychiatric-mental health population across the lifespan. This program is designed for both novice and experienced master-prepared nurses who are looking to advance their nursing career. The PMHNP prepares the advanced master-prepared nurse to care for individuals, groups, and families in both counseling and psychopharmaceutical management.

Career Information and Technical Skills

The role of the PMHNP is to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients. Many PMHNPs provide therapy and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders or substance abuse problems. PMHNPs may also provide physical and psychosocial assessments, emergency psychiatric care and treatment effectiveness evaluations. This program will prepare the PMNP to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, primary care, schools, telemedicine, public health, substance abuse clinics, outpatient psychiatry, correction facilities, and private practice. The program is offered in an online format with direct clinical experiences and three immersive experiences. Students will complete a total of 22-25 credit hours (depending on their previous educational experience) and 500 direct clinical hours.

Criteria for Admission

To be considered for admission to any of the Graduate Program tracks at Mount Carmel, the following is required:

  • Completed application ($30 fee)
  • Master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) from an accredited program; accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Current, unrestricted RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure as indicated
  • Current APRN specialty certification
  • Two letters of recommendation (from individuals such as work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s degree)
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines applicant's goals and objectives for pursuit of graduate studies in the Certificate Program
  • A cumulative graduate point average (GPA) of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale
  • Interview at the discretion of the interview committee
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Please refer to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master’s Track for more information on admissions criteria and materials

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Cohort All Tracks: November 30

See application for details.

One Program Option Available

  • Traditional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (Online w/Immersions)

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