Begin your career in psychiatric mental health nursing

You've seen a lot as a nurse practitioner, including a number of patients with mental health concerns. Up until this point you've been unable to provide the comprehensive care you'd like and instead are referring patients to other physicians with appropriate credentialing. But Concordia's new online post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health enables you to change all that by preparing you to care for your patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. Graduate in as little as one year prepared to add PMHNP to your list of qualifications.

Cost Per Credit$840
Sample Careers
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
Program Overview

The goal of our post-graduate nursing certificate is to prepare currently licensed Nurse Practitioners as mental health NPs. We accomplish this by balancing theory and hands-on practice through fully online coursework paired with local practicum hours. You'll expand your current skillset as you become even more compassionate providers ready to administer the best possible care to your patients' minds, bodies, and spirits.

Online coursework is built on a Lutheran-Christian foundation and emphasizes scientific study in neurobiology, neuropathophysiology, and psychotherapy. You'll build a solid foundation in psychopharmacology, instilling you with confidence as you exercise your prescriptive authority with integrity. Practicum hours are designed to be flexible and fit into your schedule, so you may continue to work while you're enrolled in the CAGE program. You'll complete 500 required clinical hours under qualifying supervision. Ultimately it is your responsibility to find a clinical placement, but our Clinical Contract Coordinator will help you navigate the placement process.

Complete the required coursework and practicum hours in as little as one year, (3 semesters) and graduate with the competencies and qualifications for the diagnosis and treatment of your patient's mental health needs. View a sample curriculum plan here.

What to Expect
Upon completion of Concordia's psychiatric mental health post-graduate certificate, you'll be eligible to sit for the nursing boards. As a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner you'll be able to make an even greater impact on your patients' lives. You will no longer need to refer patients to other mental healthcare providers but rather you'll be able to provide comprehensive, faith-based care for your patients throughout their lifespan.

Please note: States have established standards of practice for the nursing profession. While at the present time, we cannot provide a particular state’s educational requirements for licensing, we can assure you that we will provide you with the contact information for the Board of Nursing for the state in which you are doing your study. We are currently not accepting new students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, or Wyoming. Additionally, Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia

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