Mental health care remains a national unmet need and a need within the State of Wisconsin.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016), according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Many of these disorders are identified mid to late adolescence, but left untreated, resulting in lifetime symptoms.

Improve the health and well-being in and around Wisconsin by pursuing a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate. Qualified applicants will be given the opportunity to apply to the two $12,500 Adel B. Korkor M.D. Scholarships.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for registered nurses that have already completed a master’s degree in nursing and wish to pursue preparation as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Practicums are completed in a clinical setting.


Graduate-level course (3 credits each) in Physiology, Physical Assessment and Pharmacology are required with a grade of B or better prior to the start of the program. Courses in physiology and physical assessment must be completed within 5 years and pharmacology must be within 3 years of the start of the program. Note: Evidence of prescriptive authority granted through a State Board of Nursing will be accepted in place of graduate pharmacology.

Admission and Application

The admission requirements of the post master’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program are consistent with those requirements specified by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, students must also meet the following requirements for the College of Nursing:

    • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application and include:
      • a nonrefundable application fee
      • unofficial transcripts from all and any schools attended (regardless of how long ago it may have been). Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted
      • current resume
      • three references from people who are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing
      • a personal statement addressing the following topics:
        • professional activities since earning your master’s degree in nursing
        • rationale for graduate study
        • strengths you bring to graduate study in nursing at UWM
        • population(s) of particular interest to you
        • rationale for selection of program choice
        • long-range career goals
      • RN License (must include license number). License must be from the State of Wisconsin
    • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
    • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.
Certificate Requirements

(18 credits total). All six courses are required*.

NURS 741 Psychiatric Mental Health Theory I 3 credits
NURS 742 Psychiatric Mental Health Theory II 3 credits
NURS 743 Psychiatric Mental Health Theory III 3 credits
NURS 781 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum I 3 credits
NURS 782 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum II 3 credits
NURS 783 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum III   3 credits

Students take each theory concurrently with practicum, Theory I with Practicum I as an example.

*The six courses for the certificate may also be taken as part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program for those not currently prepared as advanced practice nurses. Completion of the certificate makes graduates eligible for certification and licensure as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

It is expected that students will complete the certificate in one year.

For More Information/ To Apply

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor


This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations.