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Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner speaking with patients

Mental health care remains a national unmet need and a need within Wisconsin. The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is prepared to work with patients across the lifespan.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Many of these disorders are identified mid-to late-adolescence, but left untreated, resulting in lifetime symptoms.

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate is designed for advanced practice prepared nurses (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified NurseMidwives and/or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists). Students will participate in practicums at outpatient or inpatient behavioral clinics.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus
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Improve the health and well-being in and around Wisconsin by pursuing a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate. Practicum placements at UWM College of Nursing are a collaborative effort. Qualified applicants may apply to the two $12,500 Adel B. Korkor M.D. Scholarships.

PMHNPs will be in high demand, particularly in medically underserved areas such as inner cities and rural areas. The demand for psychiatric nurse practitioners exceeds these projections.

Gainful Employment

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations.

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a standalone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a standalone certificate program who are seeking financial assistance may be eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

FastChoice is a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.

Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

For previously enrolled students who have been awarded federal financial aid, see the Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information.


Course TitleUWMCredits
Psychiatric Mental Health Theory INURS 7413
Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum INURS 7813


Course TitleUWMCredits
Psychiatric Mental Health Theory IINURS 7423
Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum IINURS 7823


Course TitleUWMCredits
Psychiatric Mental Health Theory IIINURS 7433
Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum IIINURS 7833

*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.

Time Requirement

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

The admission requirements for the advanced practice certificates programs are in transition. Contact College of Nursing Student Affairs Academic Advisor prior to submitting an application.

Graduate-level courses (three 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 five years and pharmacology must be within three 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.

Prerequisite courses required prior to the start of the certificate program include:

  • NURS 707 Advanced Pharmacology: Application to ANP, three credits (Offered in Fall only)
  • NURS 754 Comprehensive Assessment of Health, three credits, (Offered in Fall only)
  • NURS 753 Adv. Pathophysiology Basis for ANP, three credits, (Offered in Spring only)

The admission requirements of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate program are consistent with those requirements specified by UWM’s Graduate School. 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
  • A master’s degree or doctoral degree in Nursing from an accredited program providing preparation as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
  • Certification in their current advanced practice registered nurse specialty as applicable.
  • Completion with a grade of B or better -of a graduate-level course in physiology/pathophysiology, pharmacology, and comprehensive health assessment. Evidence of prescriptive authority in the state of Wisconsin will be accepted in place of graduate pharmacology.
  • Current registration as a registered nurse in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Personal interviews with a faculty member may be requested.
Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager
Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline

August 15
(Spring start)

Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager