Currently only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are eligible for the Nurse Practitioner certificate.

The nurse practitioner postgraduate certificate program builds on the graduate level nursing competencies and knowledge base. Nurses who are already prepared at either the master's or doctorate level may apply for the postgraduate certificate program with advanced specialization as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Students in the postgraduate certificate program will enroll in existing nurse practitioner population-focused courses, but they will not be required to complete master’s graduate nursing core courses, such as informatics or theory, or direct care core courses (e.g., advanced pathophysiology [across the lifespan], advanced health assessment [across the lifespan], and advanced pharmacology) if they were completed in a prior master's or doctoral program.

Admission Requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the nurse practitioner postgraduate certificate will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the nurse practitioner postgraduate certificate are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

Currently only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are eligible for the Nurse Practitioner certificate.

The following are requirements for admission:

  • For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) and 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school of nursing that is both regionally, and CCNE or CNEA accredited.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or Mississippi.
  • Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate officials.

Application for Certificate

Candidates must apply in writing to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Capstone College of Nursing one semester before completion of certificate requirements is anticipated.

Postgraduate Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Sample Program of Study

Summer 1

NUR 526Evidence-Based Practice Roles and Processes for Nurse Practitioners (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60))4
NUR 582Psych. Treatment Modalities2
NUR 585Psychiatric Mental Health NP I (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4

Fall 1

NUR 587Psych. Mental Health NP II (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4

Spring 1

NUR 589Psychiatric MH NP Residency (3 clinical (225))3

The student's transcripts will be assessed for the following courses.  In the absence of transcript credit, the courses must be completed.

NUR 501Theor Models Advanced Nursing3
NUR 502Issues in Community Health2
NUR 503Nursing Informatics Healthcare3
NUR 505Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 521Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 522Human Relations Management3
NUR 529Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 580Fiscal Resource Management3