Post-Graduate CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Why Choose Our Program?

Are you ready to take your nursing career to the next level? Jacksonville University's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) is designed to educate advanced practice nurses who can demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills in evaluating individuals and families living with mental health issues. Graduates will manage direct care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic mental health issues across the lifespan.

If you do not have a master's degree or would like to study Psychiatric Mental Health in greater depth, you may be interested in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree program.

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About Our Program

PMHNP students will attend courses on campus each Tuesday over the course of 5 semesters, unless they are already a Nurse Practitioner. In that case, the length of the program is shortened to 4 semesters. Students will begin the program in the fall (August). If a student is already a Nurse Practitioner, they will start during the spring term (January).

Students will be required to complete the following coursework:

  • NUR 501 - Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 502 - Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NUR 504 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • NUR 553 - Advanced Role Practicum for the Nurse Practitioner


  • NUR 555 - Advanced Practicum for Nurse Practitioner Specializations 
  • NUR 571 - Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnostics and Introduction to Psychopharmacology across the Lifespan for Mental Health Nurse Practitioners 
  • NUR 573 - Psychopharmacological Management of Patients Across the Lifespan with Mental Health Disorders
  • NUR 574 - Neuroanatomy for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 
  • NUR 579 Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan for Individuals, Families and Groups

How to Apply

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts from Colleges & Universities with All Nursing Coursework & Nursing Degrees
    • 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
  • Nursing 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.
  • The following may be requested of students with a GPA of 3.0 or below
    • GRE/GMAT scores
    • Letter(s) of Recommendation

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Contact Information Keigwin School of Nursing

Phone: (904) 256-7000

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