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

Federal Gainful Employment Information


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
(47 – 56 semester hours) *

Undergraduate Prerequisites (9 credit hours)
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics 3
NURS 365 Physical Assessment 3
NURS 412 Nursing Research 3

Graduate Core (16 semester hours)
NURS 610 Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Issues 4
NURS 611 Biostatistics and Nursing Research 4
NURS 612 Population Health 4
NURS 613 Evidence-Based Healthcare 4

Advanced Practice Core (16 semester hours)
NURS 620 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 621 Advanced Pharmacology 4
NURS 622 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 651 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing 4

Practica Courses (15 semester hours)
NURS 653 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt I 5
NURS 654 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt II 5
NURS 655 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Mgmt III 5
Optional Education Courses (12 semester hours)
NURS 643 Teaching in Nursing 4
NURS 644 Nursing Education Methods & Measurement 4
NURS 645 Nursing Education Practicum 4

*RN-BS to MSN option available

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