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Program Overview

  • Fully online!
  • Students are admitted once a year in Fall semester.

PMHNP Tracks

Graduates of the PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate program are prepared to apply for the ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam. Washburn’s PMHNP program was accepted into ANCC's Certification Eligibility Curriculum Review Program. 

There are Three tracks for admission to the PMHNP Post-Graduate certificate program based on your preparation prior to admission:

Track 1:         Nurse Practitioner  (ANP or FNP)

Track 2:         Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) prepared

Track 3:          MSN without Nurse Practitioner Foundation 

All Tracks include 540 clinical hours to meet ANCC Certification requirements

Track 1: Applicants with FNP and ANP preparation

If you are a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

If you are an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

Track 2: Applicants with CNS Psychiatric Mental-Health preparation

If you are a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

+Actual number of required hours will be dependent on review of transcripts.  Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment are required if not completed elsewhere.

Track 3: Applicants without Nurse Practitioner Foundation

If you are an MSN 

+Actual number of required hours will be dependent on review of transcripts.  

Clinical Experience

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.

Online Program

All classes for the PMHNP Post Graduate program are offered online. The majority of classes are offered asynchronous in a  self paced format that students can complete on their own and submitted by specific due dates.  There are also a limited number of classes each semester that are synchronous. These classes meet at a specific time in a virtual format with all students participating live at that time. These “live” class times provide for communication and connection with faculty and peers,  provide important information,  build connections with your peers and provide time for student presentation. 

Out of state students are responsible for contacting their state nursing board to verify any requirements that are needed in order to conduct clinicals as a student or apply for a nurse practitioner license in their state upon graduation from an online, out of state program


School of Nursing Tuition Rates & Fees

Job Opportunities

There are wealth of job opportunities for those pursuing their PMHNP certification. Check them out!

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