Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post Master's Certificate)

Post Master’s Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

HPU’s online Post Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health allows nurses with a master’s or doctorate degree in nursing, with a Nurse Practitioner credential in another field of Nursing from an accredited school, to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam required for licensure as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

By taking a series of specialized courses that explore the treatment of complex mental health needs with a view toward recovery-focused interventions, students can re-tool for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner designation without completing another degree.

Students must meet the HPU graduate nursing admissions guidelines and apply in the same manner.


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post master’s graduate certificate provides nurses with a pathway to continue formal education and access a program targeted to the needs of patients with mental health issues. Additionally, as a credentialed nursing professional, post graduate nurses with the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate are well positioned for leadership, advocacy, or policy-related roles.

  • Assess, diagnose, and treat the mental health needs of patients of all ages

  • Provide therapy and prescribe medications for patients with mental health disorders and substance abuse problems

  • Perform physical and psychosocial assessments, emergency psychiatric care, and treatment effectiveness evaluations