Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master’s Certificate
The PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate prepares the graduate-degree-prepared nurse to expand their scope of practice to include psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. The coursework prepares the student to sit for a national certification exam the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to become a psychiatric / mental health nurse practitioner.
Our curriculum, beginning summer semester each year, is designed as an online program allowing you to study and participate in clinical experiences in your location. The clinical component comprises courses in wellness, therapy, and diagnosis and management of mental illness across the lifespan in outpatient and inpatient settings. Clinical courses are precepted by a practicing mental health professional in your community, arranged by the student with assistance from faculty and staff.
Applications for admission will be reviewed once per year by the Nursing Admission Review Committee. The most qualified applicants will be selected on a space-available basis. It may be necessary for some students to take undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites of selected graduate courses.
Candidates that do not meet all the admission criteria, but who wish to be considered for admission must submit a petition requesting special consideration along with their application materials.
- Graduate degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited graduate nursing program.
- A current valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. In addition, an applicant must not have had a previous revocation, denial, suspension, or restriction of their license from any state or country. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where the clinical experiences will be conducted.
- Minimum of one (1) year paid clinical work experience within the past three years as a Registered Nurse before the application deadline, documented on the submitted resume. Clinical work experience including direct care in a public health, community, hospital, or ambulatory care setting that serves patients across the life span is recommended.
- Evidence of capacity for graduate study.
- A blended cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work on the submitted transcripts;
- A Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale comprising grades in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, statistics, and chemistry courses;
- Positive professional recommendations; and
- Completion of an undergraduate- or graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B or better.
- Ability to articulate one’s professional goals, evidenced by the faculty interview, with applicant’s goals congruent with the objectives and resources of the Otterbein University Department of Nursing.
After review of the written materials, a selected pool of applicants may be required to participate in a faculty interview.
The following experiences are not criteria for selection, but are highly recommended:
- Demonstrated facility with computer-based office productivity tools, including word processing, electronic mail, and spreadsheet manipulation. This may be achieved by completing one or more of several online tutorials and face-to-face workshops; and
- Demonstrated facility with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka APA style). This may be achieved by taking one of several available tutorials, including the APA Tutorial available at the APA Website.
- Complete the online application. Indicate Summer Semester 2020 start date.
- Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org the following documents, preferably as an MS Word or PDF file a resume with all professional experience documented. Also include leadership activities, scholastic awards, nursing organizational memberships, and community service, as applicable.
- Request from all institutions of higher education where you have earned credit, irrespective of number of courses taken, that an individual, official transcript be sent to The Graduate School, Otterbein University. They may be sent directly from the institution electronically to email@example.com
- Request from two individuals who can support your potential academic ability, clinical competency, and personal character that they complete and submit a recommendation form. At least one should be from a clinical preceptor or person who has evaluated your clinical ability. Otterbein University reserves the right to contact persons providing recommendations and to acknowledge receipt of recommendations. Request that they be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must submit documentation of meeting health requirements – including completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) curriculum – prior to starting classes, and must submit documentation of keeping health requirements current throughout their course of study.
Total of 49 graduate credit hours. All courses are required.
Note: A minimum grade of B minus (B-) is required in all courses. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 throughout the program.
|Advanced Practice Core Courses|
|NURS 6810||3 hrs||Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse|
|NURS 6820||3 hrs||Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse|
|NURS 6830||3 hrs||Advanced Physical & Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse|
|Psychiatric & Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses|
|NURS 7310||3 hrs||Psychopharmacology & Prescribing|
|NURS 7320||3 hrs||Neurobiology & Psychopathology|
|NURS 7330||3 hrs||Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Adults|
|NURS 7340||3 hrs||Systems Interventions: Individuals & Families|
|NURS 7350||3 hrs||Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Children|
|NURS 7410||4 hrs||Advanced Practice Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing: The Role in Health Delivery & Promotion|
|NURS 7420||7 hrs||Clinical Psychiatric Internship I|
|NURS 7430||7 hrs||Clinical Psychiatric Internship II|
|NURS 7440||7 hrs||Clinical Psychiatric Internship III|
Sample Plan of Study Grid
First Year Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Major Post-Master’s Certificate
|New||NURS 7310||Psychopharmacology & Prescribing||3 hrs|
|New||NURS 7320||Neurobiology & Psychopathology||3 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 6|
|New||NURS 7330||Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Adults||3 hrs|
|New||NURS 7340||Systems Interventions: Individuals & Families||3 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 6|
|New||NURS 7350||Psychiatric Diagnosis & Management: Children||3 hrs|
|New||NURS 7410||Advanced Practice Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing: The Role in Health Delivery & Promotion||4 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 7|
|Total Year Hours = 19|
Second Year Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Major Post-Master’s Certificate
|New||NURS 7420||Clinical Psychiatric Internship I||3 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 3|
|New||NURS 7430||Clinical Psychiatric Internship II||6 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 6|
|New||NURS 7440||Clinical Psychiatric Internship III||5 hrs|
|Semester Hours = 5|
|Total Year Hours = 14|
Total Program Hours = 33
- APRN Clinical Hours = 585 preceptor approved hours = 540 hrs direct with patients + 45 hrs faculty supervision
- Population Distribution = 125 hrs Pediatric + 125 hrs Adult + 125 hrs Geriatric + 210 hrs Unspecified
- Topic Distribution = 125 hrs Therapy + 125 hrs Inpatient + 125 hrs Outpatient + 210 hrs Unspecified
- Semester Distribution = Summer 3: 150 hrs, Fall 3: 150 hrs; Spring 3: 285 hrs
Prior Credit Information: PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate Program
Transfer Credit. The Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate will consider transferring credit for graduate level course work if:
- The course work is evaluated by the Director, PMHNP major, and course faculty, according to student coursework level.
- The transcript and syllabus reflect graduate level course work from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency and whose graduate nursing program is accredited by ACEN and/or CCNE.
- The content of the transfer course is equivalent to the course offered in the Otterbein University Post-Masters Certificate Program and PMHNP major.
- The course has been taken within the previous five years.
- The course was completed with a grade of B or higher. The actual grade is not transferred and thus will not be included in the Otterbein grade point average.
- No more than 6 hours of graduate semester credit will be accepted as transfer credit.
- Credit for life/professional experiences is not granted for the Post-Master’s Certificate Program.
- Courses eligible for transfer credit are NURS 6810 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse, NURS 6820 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse, and NURS 6830 Advanced Physical and Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse.
- The Director, PMHNP major, brings any eligible transfer credit coursework to the DON Curriculum committee for a final vote to accept or deny the student’s request for transfer credit, and the Chair, Department of Nursing, concurs.
To request transfer credit, the student must submit the following information to the Director. Graduate Studies in Nursing, after admission to the program:
- A letter describing what transfer credit is being sought.
- Syllabus of the graduate course(s) for which transfer credit is being sought.
Proficiency Credit. The Post-Master’s Certificate offers students the opportunity to obtain proficiency credit for NURS 6830 Advanced Physical and Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse. The proficiency exam consists of a written exam on assessment content and the demonstration of a history and physical.
- The written exam must be passed before the student is eligible to perform the history and physical.
- The student must achieve a minimum of 80% on both components of the exam.
- The student may take the proficiency exam only once.
- The student must make an appointment with the course coordinator at least two weeks prior to the exam date. The contact information for the course coordinator can be obtained from the Department of Nursing (614-823-1614).
- The student must pre-register with the Department of Nursing using the Proficiency Exam Registration Form, at least two weeks before the exam date. (614-823-1614)
- A non-refundable fee for the proficiency exam must be paid in the nursing office at the time of pre-registration.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Program Tuition Estimates
The following fees are for tuition only. Additional lab, resource, and technology fees can be found on the fee schedule on the Business Office website. Acceptance deposit fees that are credited towards tuition are: BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia $1,000; all other degrees and certificates $500. Costs subject to slight increases each academic year.
|Graduate Nursing Program||MSN Tuition Estimate||DNP Tuition Estimate|
|Family Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP||$35,210||$47,280|
|Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP||$43,020||$55,090|
|Family Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP||$27,680||$39,750|
|Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP||$35, 490||$47,560|
|BSN to DNP|
|Nurse Anesthesia (Click here for more cost info for the NA major)||$90,186|
|Master’s Degree to DNP|
|Advanced Practice Nurse Focus||$24,850|
|Nurse Executive Focus||$24,850|
|Advanced Practice Nurse Educator||$5,670|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||$22,000|
|Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||$29,100|
|Graduate Nursing Tuition Fees per Credit Hour|
|5000- and 6000-Level Courses||$630 per cr hr|
|7200-, 7300-, 7400-, 7500-, 7900-, and 8000-Level Courses||$710 per cr hr|
|7600-, 7700-, and 7800-Level Courses||$1,052 per cr hr|
To help you manage your graduate school expenses Otterbein offers the ePay payment system and resources you may research for scholarship opportunities (see non-Otterbein Sources of Aid below). We recommend that you speak with the graduate financial aid counselor at 614-823-1379. See the Business Office site for information about ePay.
Graduate Nursing Financial Aid Options
Non-Otterbein Sources of Aid
Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of scholarships and loans.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Student Academy Financial aid resources listing.
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Provides for the repayment of educational loans for APRN & DNP students made in exchange for a commitment to work in a medically underserved area. Find health professional shortage areas here.
- Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
555 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. This not-for-profit organization seeks and distributes funds to baccalaureate- prepared registered nurses who are in need of scholarship assistance for graduate study.
- Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
Offers FNP scholarships. Must be currently enrolled in FNP or DNP program with 12 hrs of course work already completed.
- Nurse Practitioner Health Care Foundation (NPHF)
Offers scholarships and awards.
- American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers scholarships to support the training of advanced practice nurses, specializing in cancer and DNPs ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per year.
- Doctors of Nursing Practice Organization
Listing of scholarship opportunities.
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation
- Ohio Nurses Foundation (ONF)
- Kappa Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarships
Applications available in the Spring in the Department of Nursing office.
- Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association Scholarship
Offers scholarships and professional nurse traineeships.
- Health Resources and Service Administration
Health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds can receive up to a maximum of $40,000 towards repayment of their student loans in exchange for educating tomorrow’s clinicians.
- Army Healthcare
Reserves and active duty scholarships available.
- American Nurse Practitioners Foundation Scholarships
Otterbein Financial Aid
For information about financial aid available from Otterbein, see the Office of Financial Aid site.
Graduate Nursing Application Deadlines
|Program of Study||Annual Deadline|
|Master’s Degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice|
|Advanced Practice Focus
Nurse Executive Focus
|Family Nurse Practitioner|
|BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
|Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner|
|BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
|BSN to DNP||September 1|
|Advanced Practice Nurse Educator|
|Post-Master’s Certificate||February 1, odd-numbered years|
*Applications will be reviewed monthly; while seats remain available.