Nursing Post-Master’s Certificate: UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Degree Offered: Certificate
Program Leadership:
Kara Birch, DNP, RN, PMHNP, Co-Director  
Deborah Johnson, DNP, RN, PMHNP, Co-Director
Admissions Inquiries:
Shanna Abeloff, Program Manager

Program Description

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.

Admission Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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