Students who wish to specialize as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in addition to their DNP Completion Program may choose to add the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Certificate to their degree programs. The certificate program qualifies graduates to practice as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs).
PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients; treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff.