Post-MSN Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


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EKU Online > Online Nursing Degrees & Certificates > Post-MSN Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Advance Your Career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

EKU’s post-MSN psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate is ideal for those who have already earned a master of science (MSN) degree. Graduates are prepared to meet the population’s growing mental health needs in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics and a variety of other environments.

*Contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility

Career Outlook

Employment of nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives is projected to grow 45 percent before 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Info

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) educated to provide a full range of primary care services and are becoming a health care provider of choice for many people.  As clinicians with clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, APRNs will be increasingly utilized in collaborative models of care.

> Learn More About Nurse Practitioner Career Opportunities

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The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Prep for Success

Benefits of EKU Online

This program is designed to provide the convenience of online learning while maintaining the quality and rigor necessary for the student to become an extremely competent and confident psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner upon graduation.

  • 98.6% first time pass rates on national certification exams
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Nationally-accredited
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • No campus visits required
  • Personalized advising
  • Named a top 20 school on SR Education’s list of best accredited online MSN programs
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 50 best online graduate nursing programs in the country

Preparing You for Success

EKU online nursing programs provide an engaging learning environment and accessible collaborative faculty. For detailed information about our programs, please review the MSN Student Handbook 2020 – 2021.


Prepare for a rewarding career with evidence-based learning and the leadership skills to promote and maintain mental health across the life span.

Degree Requirements

A total of 25-34 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the Post-MSN PMHNP certificate is available in the University graduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 9 hours of credit from accredited institutions.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.

NSC 800 – Advanced Practice (7)
Advanced practice role clinical experience. Students will retake for the minimum number of hours required for their specialty concentration.

NSC 880 – Rural PMHNP I (3)
Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with individuals are developed.

NSC 881 – Applied Psychopharmacology (3)
Applies theoretical and diagnostic knowledge related to prescribing psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders across the life span.

NSC 882 – Rural PMHNP II (3)
Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders across the life span. Competencies in working with families are developed.


Lindsey Turner

Lindsey Turner

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lindsey Turner for information about the MSN-PMHNP and Post-MSN PMHNP Certificates programs.

Contact Info:

Admission Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall March 15
Spring March 15
Summer March 15

* Start date depends on approval of prerequisite courses

Post-MSN PMHNP applicants should contact Lindsey Turner at or 859-622-7927.

Admission Requirements

  1. Master of Science in nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  2. RN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it.
  3. If applicable, APRN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it.
  4. At least one year of RN experience by the time their application is submitted.

Admission is competitive. Selection is based on careful consideration of all application materials, including but not limited to academic transcripts, the applicant’s professional statement, three required professional references and professional work experience. In addition to the criteria listed, an interview may be requested.

Application Process

Part I: Apply to EKU

  1. Start your EKU Graduate School Application.
  2. Complete the supporting documents:
    Nursing License – Provide verification of your current RN license.

    Professional References – Within the application, you will be prompted to enter email addresses for three professional references. An electronic reference form will be emailed to each reference upon entry.

    Post-MSN Professional Statement – Write a statement that is 500-700 words (2 pages) in length. In your professional statement, you must describe:

    • The unique role of the advanced practice Post-MSN Certificate-prepared nurse (PMHNP).
    • How the specific nursing knowledge and skills you have gained through professional experience will contribute to your success in the Post-MSN certificate program.
    • Your reasons or motivations for pursuing an advanced practice Post-MSN certificate in your chosen concentration (PMHNP).
    • Your specific plans for life modification in order to successfully meet the class and clinical requirements in a 100% online Post-MSN certificate program.

Submit your proof of licensure and professional statement within the online application, or e-mail them to the EKU Graduate School at

Part II: Send Transcripts

Contact any and all colleges or universities that you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent directly to EKU at the address below. Most schools have an online request form for this service. Transcripts sent to a student and then delivered to EKU will not be accepted. Each transcript must bear the original signature of the authorized official, along with the seal of the institution, and must be sent to EKU directly from the issuing institutionTranscripts are not required for courses taken at EKU.

All transcripts should be sent to:
EKU Graduate School
310 Whitlock Building CPO 68
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

NOTE: If you have attended or are attending another graduate level nursing program, you may need to submit additional application items. Please contact the program enrollment advisor for more information.


Post-MSN PMHNP applicants should contact Lindsey Turner at or 859-622-7927


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

This is an excellent program, with amazing support from professors and fellow students. There is definitely a positive learning environment, and the professors genuinely want each student to learn and be successful.

Tiffany StradlingEKU Online MSN Student
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
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