School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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For the PMHNP Certificate Program* you must have a MSN or higher degree and currently hold national certification in one of the following advance practice registered nurse (APRN) specialties:

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Geriatric-Adult Nurse Practitioner (GANP)
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)

Upon acceptance into the program, students will need to apply and obtain a Georgia registered nurse license and arrange for clinical preceptors within the state of Georgia that have a current Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia Southern University.

Upon completing the PMHNP Certificate curriculum, you will be fully prepared for educational eligibility for certification in your given area of study. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your Post-Master’s Certificate or apply for admission to the post-MSN/APRN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The purpose of our DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses and leaders to evaluate and improve primary health care. Our ultimate goal is to improve health care and the health of populations and individuals, with a special focus on rural and underserved communities.

If you are thinking about completing your DNP degree while pursuing a post-MSN/APRN certificate, Georgia Southern University offers the option to complete a program of study in the Post-MSN Certificate only path, or the post-MSN to DNP with the additional specialty FNP, PMHNP or Nurse Educator courses as cognate electives (see Post-MSN- DNP).


*This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,588,794 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

Last updated: 2/5/2019

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