Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

The goal of the PMHNP program is to educate advanced practice nurses who can demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills in evaluating the health and illness of individuals and families suffering from mental health issues. Graduates will manage direct care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic mental health issues across the lifespan. The PMHNP graduate will advance nursing knowledge through inquiry, research utilization, and generation of clinical strategies to facilitate changes in professional nursing practice. The graduate program in nursing prepares students to continue study at the Doctorate level.

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Fast Facts

The PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate program starts each fall for those candidates who are RN's with MSN degrees, but are not NP's.  The deadline is February 1st to apply. 

For those candidates who already are NP's, their starting term is each spring.  These candidates should apply by February 1st along side the other candidates.

For those who are already NP's, who miss the February 1st deadline, you can submit a complete application and materials by October 1st, and if there is space available you may be considered to start in the spring term. 

Delivery: Campus – students are required to be on campus each Tuesday

Length: 5 semesters, unless you are already an NP then it is 4 semesters

Start Term:

  • Fall (August) for students who are not already NP’s  
  • Spring (January) for students who are already NP’s


  • February 1st for all candidates (non-NP’s and NP’s)
  • October 1st for NP’s who missed the February 1st deadline.  Selection of additional candidates will be based solely on whether there are any available seats to start the proceeding Spring term.  If there are no seats open, no additional candidates will be admitted. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts from colleges and universities with all nursing coursework and degrees.  (including 2-year nursing degree)  If the candidate attended a college or university abroad, an official NACES evaluation of that transcript is required. Choose the course-by-course evaluation with the GPA option.
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate Nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited BSN program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent (A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. The statement should not exceed two pages.
  • Copy of current Florida RN license (Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida. International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida)
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics
  • Minimum GRE score: 290 (The requirement of official GRE score will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate Nursing courses)
  • One year of professional nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first clinical course
  • Mandatory video interview for all who qualify
  • Background check (background checks are required for all students participating in clinical practice. Information on the background check may need to be released to clinical agencies for permission to participate at the clinical site. If clinical placement is denied by the agency, and an alternate site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program)
  • Students whose first language is not English, must also provide an official TOEFL or IELTS exam.
    • Minimum internet-based TOEFL score: 79
    • Minimum paper-based TOEFL score: 550
    • Minimum IELTS band score: 6.5


Requesting Official Transcripts

Traditional/Paper Transcripts

Please use the following address to send traditional transcripts:

Jacksonville University

Attention: Graduate Admissions

2800 University Blvd. North

Jacksonville, FL 32211-3321


Electronic Transcripts

Jacksonville University partners with Parchment to receive official transcripts. We also accept transcripts from: Speede, National Student Clearinghouse, Credentials Solutions, eScript Safe, GreenLight Credentials and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agencies.



  • NUR 501 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NUR 504 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)


  • NUR 553 Advanced Role Practicum for the Nurse Practitioner (4 credits)* OR NUR 555 Advanced Practicum for Nurse Practitioner Specializations (1-4 credits**)
  • NUR 571 Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnostics and Introduction to Psychopharmacology across the Lifespan for Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (4 credits)
  • NUR 573 Psychopharmacological Management of Patients Across the Lifespan with Mental Health Disorders (3 credits)
  • NUR 574 Neuroanatomy for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (2 credits)
  • NUR 579 Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan for Individuals, Families and Groups (3 credits)

 Total Credit Hours: 22-25

*Students who are seeking their first certification as an NP are required to take NUR 553 as part of their progression plan. Students who are already licensed as an NP will take NUR 555 as part of their progression plan.

**Dependent upon the number of hours required to fulfill curriculum and/or certification requirements.

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