Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) — Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)

Students in the PMHNP CAGS program must have evidence of successful completion of the following courses:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology across the lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology across the lifespan Advanced Health Assessment across the lifespan
  • Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Building an Evidence-Based Practice
  • Human Diversity Social and Policy Issues
  • Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum

The courses must have been completed with a letter grade of B or higher at an accredited 4 year academic institution. Students who have not completed the academic equivalent of these courses previously will be required to take the course in order to complete the CAGS.


Year One: Semester One

NUR 701Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nursing*3
NUR 706Advanced Pathophysiology3

Year One: Semester Two

NUR 707Advanced Pharmacology3

Year One: Semester Three

NUR 703Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours)5
NUR801Survey of Telemedicine1

Year Two: Semester Four

NUR 715Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse (PMHNP)3
NUR 805Basic Counseling Theory & Techniques for
the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
NUR 805CBasic Counseling Theory & Techniques for the
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical (90 clinical hours)

Year Two: Semester Five

NUR 806Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I3
NUR 806CPsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
Clinical (225 clinical hours)

Year Two: Semester Six

NUR 807Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II3
NUR 807Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II
Clinical (225 clinical hours)

Residency Requirement

In addition to coursework, the PMHNP CAGS program requires students to attend three on campus residencies, generally which are 1-3 days in length. These residencies include: a new student orientation, a second year residency which takes place prior to entering track specific clinical coursework at the beginning of Year Two, and a final residency that coincides with the student's graduation.

*Students who have completed a previous Masters in Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program that included a distinct Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner role course and are currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner may not be required to complete this course. Please contact the School of Nursing for additional information.