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Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Navigating the complex nature of modern health care requires a solid understanding of the latest in research theory, proven best practices, and a natural-born commitment to succeed through personal and professional accomplishment. With this mindset, Norwich empowers leadership in nursing by extending nursing foundations with certificates that deepen knowledge in specialty areas.

The online Post-Master’s APRN Certificate provides you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills into new areas of pursuit. Norwich currently offers its Post-Master’s Certificate with a track in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more to follow in the near future. Guided by your own experience and resolve to be the best nurse that you can be, we can help you expand your ability to provide expert care in a niche area to a larger patient population.

Our experienced faculty of psychiatric mental health nursing professionals help you explore the latest in research theory and proven methodologies to elevate your capacity to provide treatment and relief for individuals affected by a variety of mental illnesses or conditions. In addition to a solid curricular underpinning and clinical placement, graduates from the program gain the knowledge and skills required to be prepared to sit for the following certification exam:

  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
     

Quick Info

4 Starts Per Year

Choose when to begin your studies

15 Students

Maximum numbers of students per class

18 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours

Why Norwich

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Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 

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Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The curriculum model adopted by our Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials. The program curriculum is also aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. If you have not completed the Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physical Assessment, and Advanced Pathophysiology within the last five years, you will complete the needed courses as part of your certificate program with Norwich.

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Mental Health
    NR592 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to mental health diagnoses and treatment across the lifespan. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology and psychopathology are examined.  The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations with mental health problems.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
    NR631 2 credit hours

    This course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical I
    NR632 2 credit hours

    This course provides the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II
    NR633 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP I, this course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical II
    NR634 2 credit hours

    This course Continues the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III
    NR635 2 credit hours

    This course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical III
    NR636 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner IV
    NR637 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP III, this course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical IV
    NR638 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better preferred

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.
  • Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education nationally-accredited program.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact*
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

* A second letter of recommendation may be requested, at the discretion of the Director of Enrollment or Program Director, in the admissions file review process.

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 1-877.348.8153

Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Contact Admissions

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.


Tuition & Fees

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Norwich’s provides a top-notch educational experience. We work hard to make it affordable. Financial aid and several strategies can help finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 18
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $800

2019-20 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Certificates

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$800
$1,600 - $3,200
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
$16,275

Careers & Outcomes

As a growing number of health organizations work toward early detection and treatment of diseases through solutions-based therapy and long-term treatment options, the demand for clinical knowledge and expertise continues to rise — along with the potential benefits for highly skilled nurse practitioners. In fact, the average salary for a nurse practitioner is approximately $94,300, with significant increases based on years of experience and geographic location.*

Along with a higher salary, additional credentials, and increased professional respect, program graduates can experience career mobility, increased autonomy, and greater flexibility in the workplace. Due to the highly specialized nature of the field, nurse practitioners are well positioned to pursue fulfilling and secure roles, and are highly sought by organizations, including:

  • Hospitals
  • The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Admin
  • Urgent care facilities
  • State- or locally-operated health departments
  • Colleges/universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Nursing and rehabilitation centers
  • Privately-operated doctor’s offices

*PayScale


Faculty & Staff

Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing is led by a dedicated faculty who are doctoral degree holders and subject matter experts in a variety of advanced nursing fields. Through their scholarly insight and practical, real-world experience, you’ll learn methods for safe and effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in caring for individuals and groups while collaborating with other professionals.

Staff members offer additional support with choosing classes, financial aid and other issues from day one to graduation. Each faculty member is committed to helping you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our in-house instructional design team works hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience for each course.

Program Director

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Paulette Thabault, DNP, APRN, JD, FAANP

Paulette Thabault,  DNP, APRN, JD, FAANP, is a professor and director for the School of Nursing at Norwich University. As an adult nurse practitioner, she also practices at Goodhealth, an internal medicine practice within the Community Health Center of Burlington practices in South Burlington, Vt., where she cares for patients with a focus on the treatment of obesity and related chronic diseases. She has lectured in healthcare leadership and policy at the University of Vermont and Northeastern University and has consulted on patient-centered and clinical excellence practice innovations. These include establishing an Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Obesity program, developing a nurse practitioner residency program for retail health in collaboration with Northeastern University, consulting on Patient Centered Medical Home transformations, wellness initiatives and on-line nursing education innovations.

She holds an AD in nursing from the University of Vermont, a BSN from University of Washington, an MSN from Simmons College, and a DNP from Northeastern University. She also holds a JD from New England School of Law and is a Fellow with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She previously practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and held positions of commissioner and deputy commissioner under Governor Douglas in the State of Vermont, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Minute Clinics and director of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Direct Entry Graduate online programs at Northeastern University. She was past vice president for the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association and served on the policy and research committees. She currently serves on the Vermont Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse sub-committee and is the current board president of Lund, an organization dedicated to helping families thrive with programs aimed at breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and addiction. She also volunteers internationally leading nursing and nurse practitioner students on community health care brigades delivering care to impoverished villages in Nicaragua.

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Program Staff

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Amy Immen
Student Support Advisor

Make a Difference

The healthcare industry relies on nurses with leadership skills, compassion, and expertise. Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing seeks to mold these leaders, providing in-depth knowledge in niche areas of care. The program allows master’s-level nurses who seek career enhancement and mobility to develop the necessary supplemental knowledge and skills in a specific area of expertise. With guidance from our experienced faculty, you’ll develop the essential skills to explore professional growth and pursue career advancement or enhancement as a highly specialized nurse practitioner (NP).

Coursework builds upon your knowledge and understanding of industry best practices, giving you the confidence to engage frontline medicine with greater competence, clarity, accuracy, and efficiency. In this capacity, your ability to make a larger impact in your community is underscored by the principles of commitment and dedication that you’ll find here at Norwich. This ideology can help you perform more effectively as an NP, while exploring career advancement that aligns with your professional goals and interests.