Post-Graduate Certificate - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner (PMHNP) Online

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission FAQs

  • Do I need to be licensed to enroll in this program?
    Yes, you must have a current unencumbered license to practice as a Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric CNS.
  • How many start dates will there be each year?
    Currently we start applicants in the fall of each year.
  • How do I check my application status?
    Once a student is accepted by the University, the admissions office will send a letter of acceptance.  Status related to the university admission process can be determined by contacting the Admission office at 877.281.BODS (2637) or  
    A letter of acceptance will also be sent from the School of Nursing.  Questions regarding the status of this application can be determined by emailing  
  • Is the Post-graduate Certificate - PMHNP program accredited?
    Yes, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • I have a copy of my sealed transcripts.  Does Admissions view these as official transcripts?
    No, the official transcripts must come from directly from the institution.
  • Are international students eligible to apply for this program?
    No, students residing outside of the United States are not eligible for this program.

Technology FAQs

  • How do I access my campus email?
    Campus e-mail can be access through the MyWashburn portal, or directly through
  • How do I activate my campus email?
    To activate your account you must have your WIN number and an activation code sent to you by email. If you do not have an activation code, contact the Admissions office (785-670-1030 or 800-332-0291 ext. 1030). You must have your WIN number available in order to be given an activation code. Once you have an activation code, go to MyWashburnDownload more detailed instructions.
  • Do I have to use the University email?
    Yes.  All official communications will go to your Washburn email account.  To make things easier, you can have your Washburn email forwarded to your regular account.
    • From the Office 365 window, click on the Settings "gear" in the upper-left hand corner.
    • Select Options.
    • Under Accounts, click on Forwarding.
    • Enter the email to which you would like your Washburn email forwarded
  • How can I get technology support?
    Information Technology Services (ITS) can help you with general issues. Call 785.670.3000 or email

    Online Education Support can answer your questions about Desire2Learn (D2L).  Call 785.670.2381 or email

Registration FAQs

  • How do I register for classes?
    You can register for your classes through the MyWashburn portal.  Download more complete instructions.
  • How do I pay for my course?
    Students can pay online by electronic check, signature debit card, or credit card.  You may also pay in person, by mail, or by ACH/Wire Transfer.  More information on making a payment.
  • How do I drop a course?
    Before dropping a course, contact your PMHNP advisor,
  • How do I check my grades?
    Final course grades can be viewed in MyWashburn.  During the course, grades are available in D2L.
  • How do I request unofficial or official transcripts from Washburn?
    Requests for transcripts are made through the Registrar's office.  For more information.
  • Can I take just one or two classes from the PMHNP curriculum without being fully enrolled in the program?
    No, the PMHNP courses are restricted to those students fully enrolled in the program.

Coursework FAQs

  • How do I find the books I need for my classes?
    Required textbooks are listed in the course syllabus along with ISBN number.  Most books can easily be purchased using an online vendor such as Amazon.  Customized e-books will be purchased directly from the publisher. 
  • When will I have access to my courses?
    Online courses are made available to students the first day of class.
  • Whom do I contact for questions about assignments and course content?
    Your instructor or teaching assistant can answer these questions.
  • How do I navigate through the course?
    Once you have access to D2L, you can review the student tutorials under the Help link.  
  • If I'm having problems with my instructor, whom do I contact?
    Please contact the RN-to-BSN program director, Brenda Patzel,
  • As a student in the PMHNP online program will I be required to attend live events?
    Course instructors are encouraged to include some type of live component in their classes, but not all of them are required.  If required, they are also recorded to benefit those who could not attend.
  • Are there any on-campus requirements for the PMHNP program?
  • What does the PMHNP clinical experience entail?
    Clinical experiences will be across the lifespan.  Students  choose their clinical placements with the Program Director's approval.  This allows students to find placements that are convenient and close to where they live.  The clinical experience is comprised of 540 clinical clock hours.
  • How many hours per week does a student generally spend on coursework for the PMNHP program?
    For every hour of credit, students will generally spend 2-3 hours on coursework in addition to clinical hours.