Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 34.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: About 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Eligible
Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.
Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women’s Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.
State restrictions may apply to some programs
The Drexel Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate is offered to those individuals who have earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or for certified nurse practitioners that would like to specify their patient population focus giving care to patients in the psychiatric setting.
This certificate program is 34 credits, and can generally be completed in about two years of part-time study. Upon completion of the program, successful graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC's Psychiatric Mental Health Certification.
What you'll learn
This program stresses the role of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner as a specialty area of practice. The Post Graduate PMHNP program of study expands on the master's level of the nursing's biopsychosocial model of care. Students are exposed to challenging didactic work and practice the application of diagnostic and treatment modalities in various psychiatric clinical settings across the program. Evidenced-based theories and approaches to practice are required throughout the program. Students also learn collaborative skills to work with other healthcare professionals to provide mental healthcare services.
Because students are being educated to diagnose and treat patients, this post-master's program was designed to combine the convenience of online learning with the necessary rigor to become a competent and confident advanced practice nurse upon graduation. Students learn in an online format that allows for active student learning in an interactive environment.
Graduates are educationally and clinically well-grounded in the psychopathology of different psychiatric disorders and can practice in a wide variety of settings. This program enables practitioners to provide direct care in assessments and various treatment and management modalities in addition to indirect care through consultation, case management and clinical supervision.
The Psychiatric NP program provides a mandatory online orientation for the requirements of the clinical courses several months prior to the start of clinical courses.
In addition, mandatory on-campus visits occur during the following times:
- 2nd Year, Summer Term – students come to campus during the first clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI) for 2 days.
- 3rd Year, Fall Term – students come to campus during the second clinical course for 2 days for a standardized patient lab experience (SPL) and/or human patient simulation (HPS) experiences.
- 3rd Year, Winter Term– students come to campus during the third clinical course for the On-Campus Intensives (OCI) for 2 days.
- NURS 592 PMHNP I Summer Simulation (3 days)
- NURS 595 PMHNP IV Spring Simulation (3 days)
*The schedule of the OCIs is prepared well in advance of the first clinical course for the purpose of student planning.
What makes the PMHNP program unique?
- Synchronous online lectures are offered in a highly interactive, e-learning method that challenges and engages students. Active-learning participation from graduate students.
- Clinically active faculty with national board certification.
- You are part of the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments, interprofessional simulated health care scenarios, and vast educational resources.
Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.
*The nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
June 1, 2021
A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a National League of Nursing–accredited program. Applications from RNs who hold non-nursing baccalaureate degrees are considered on an individual basis.
A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN is required.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
- Why you are choosing this particular program of study
- Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree
- How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this M.S.N. program.
A personal interview via phone or in-person may be required.
A copy of your RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry Web site are acceptable.
Clinical Work/Volunteer Experience:
Minimum 1 year of psychiatric nursing experience.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
- a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
- a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate tuition page
Application Link (if outside organization):
Students are accepted once a year by May 1st.
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