Only the states listed below are authorized for Wilkes' PMHNP Certificate program:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate - Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Meet the Great Demand for Mental Health Care

Mental health and physical health are inextricably connected — one can affect the other — yet nearly half of all Americans lack access to proper mental health care.* Designed for MSN- or DNP-prepared registered nurses, the post-master’s PMHNP online program from Wilkes University allows you to be part of the solution and meet the great demand for mental health care in our country.

Wilkes University’s online PMHNP certificate program provides the essential skills to complete comprehensive mental health assessments and provide individual, family and group psychotherapy to treat your patients properly and with compassion. You’ll develop competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used to treat complex psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.

With your post-master’s psychiatric nurse practitioner certificate, you’ll apply discerning knowledge and critical thinking to provide evidence-based mental and behavioral health care for patients of all ages, considering culturally diverse, rural and underserved populations.

*National Institute of Mental Health

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Program Details
  • $729 per credit hour
  • 3 start dates per year
  • 10 courses
  • 1.67 years to complete
  • 29 credit hours
  • 500 clinical hours
Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for this graduate-level program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, as needed, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • MSN or DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • Current resume

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

Clinical Placement Support

Wilkes’ dedicated clinical placement team works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that meets University and national guidelines and prepares you for success in our online Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – PMHNP program.

Clinical placement services are built into the program's cost so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed. We partner with you to:

  • Research and find a nearby site* aligned with your interest in family health and wellness. 
  • Secure a preceptor to mentor and support you.
  • Organize all necessary documents and clearance requirements before the start of your clinicals.
  • Monitor your schedule and placement hours to ensure compliance.

*Your placement site may be up to 125 miles from your location.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (