Degree Offered: Certificate
Kara Birch, DNP, RN, PMHNP, Co-Director
Deborah Johnson, DNP, RN, PMHNP, Co-Director
Shanna Abeloff, Program Manager
The first remote-learning, post-master’s certificate of its kind in California, this 12-month hybrid program combines remote-access education with three in-person sessions and regional clinical training across California, in order to prepare advanced practice nurses in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role and eligibility for board certification.
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure in California. Nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the state of California during the complete course of study.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including any programs in which you are currently enrolled.
- Goal statement
- Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- English proficiency for non-native speakers (minimum TOEFL score of 92, minimum ILTS score of 7)
Required Prerequisite Coursework
- Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan
- Advanced Health Assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches
- Advanced Pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents
- Content in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Differential Diagnosis/Disease Management
- PMHNP role development – use knowledge, skills, and attitude for evidence-based clinical practice to build excellence in PMHNP practice.
- Communication and collaboration – develop skill in relationship-centered communication to facilitate collaboration with patients, families, and communities.
- Structural awareness – create health care citizens who understand and respond to the downstream effects of social inequity, racism, and parity in mental health care.
- Self-reflective practice – develop awareness of self, other, and situation in the context of professional role identity and role development.