The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master’s certificate program prepares nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing to provide effective care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

The post-master’s certificate graduate of USF’s Leach College of Nursing is an advanced nurse who functions in a leadership role in the profession and in health care delivery. The graduate incorporates education and research into a practice that is reflective of the dynamic needs of a diverse population. 

PMH NP Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will have the competencies to:

  • Synthesize theoretical concepts from nursing and related disciplines as a basis for advanced nursing roles
  • Implement an advanced nursing role in the healthcare delivery system
  • Exemplify leadership roles within the healthcare system to promote patient centered care
  • Utilize scientific inquiry to validate and refine nursing knowledge
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice in advanced roles
  • Provide care for diverse patients, families, and communities in a culturally competent manner
  • Engage in interdisciplinary relationships in practice settings

Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (28 – 37 credit hours)

Advanced Practice Core: (14 credit hours)
NURS 620 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 621 Advanced Pharmacology 4
NURS 622 Advanced Assessment 4
NURS 651 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing 4

Practica Courses: (12 credit hours)
NURS 653 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt I 4
NURS 654 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt II 4
NURS 655 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt III 4

Optional Support Courses: (12 credit hours)
NURS 643 Teaching in Nursing 4
NURS 644 Nursing Education Methods and Measurements 4
NURS 645 Nursing Education Practicum 4

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