The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master's Online Certificate

Why choose the UMass Amherst PMHNP Online Certificate? 

There is a great need for more advanced practice PMHNPs in the United States to meet the needs of the community by offering treatment for mental health and substance disorders.

The UMass Amherst  Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master's Online Certificate prepares nurses to obtain psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification. This accelerated online program is designed for nurses who have completed a Master's degree and who wish to  expand their scope of practice to include the care of individuals, families and groups with psychiatric and mental health needs. Preference is given to nurses with experience in psychiatric mental health nursing. 

The program may be completed in as few as two years, with individualized plans of study which recognize each student's clinical practice experience. Students benefit from the College of Nursing's focus on integrated mental health care and from classes taught by the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing's expert faculty. Students are expected to find their own clinical preceptors. Please review the graduate clinical placement page to read more about what types of preceptors you will need. 

This certificate will prepare students to:


Plan of Study

The PMHNP Certificate courses are completely online. You do not need to come to campus to complete this program.  You will gain experiential learning through clinical practica to be arranged in your area. Individual plans of study will be developed for each student. See the Downloads section for sample plans of study for APRN and non-APRN students.  

Clinical Hours Required:

Non-APRNS: 728

APRNs: 560

Estimated Fees

  • Per credit:  $825
  • Registration fee per semester:  $60
  • Castlebranch (credentialing): $85
  • Typhon (year 1):  $80
  • Fitzgerald Review Course (year 2):  $250

Admissions Requirements 

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited program of nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • An active RN license
  • Psychiatric mental health nursing experience preferred.  

Out of state students: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own, particularly when the program includes clinical placements . We are currently unable to accept students from: Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Washington. Other states may also have restrictions on clinical placements; our office will confirm the current regulations concerning clinical placements as necessary. 

* As with our graduate degrees, requirements for professional certifications are defined by industry associations. Our certificate programs prepare students to take the national certification exams in their respective specialization area. Our programs meet these requirements.  

APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE DUE BY October 15, 2022. Starting dates to be determined based on transcript review and available seats. 

Ready to Apply?

Click here to apply. There is no application fee.  

    Need More Information? 

    • The "PMHNP Certificate Information Packet and Application" in the Downloads section provides more details about the certificate. 
    • Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
    • If you have a specific question, click here to complete an information request form. 

    Or contact:

    Karen Ayotte
    Program Assistant
    Post Masters Psych MH NP Certificate Program 
    UMass Amherst College of Nursing