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

Course Requirements for the Major

Clinical Component
NUR-631Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR-631LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab1
NUR-706Co-MGT for Medical Disorders for APN's1
NUR-707Foundations of PMH for APRNs I3
NUR-708Foundations of PMH for APRNs II3
NUR-714Clin Practicum in Comm-Based Family Care2
NUR-715Psy Mental Health Clinical Practicum I3
NUR-716Psy Mental Health Clinical Practicum II4
Total Credits20
Supportive Component
NUR-611APN Role Transit Policy Sem2
NUR-632Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR-633Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
NUR-672Advanced Psychopharmacology1
NUR-673Advanced Psychopathophysiology1
Total Credits10
Total Credits30

An individual gap analysis of student transcripts will be done for nurse practitioners to determine courses from their previous programs that may be given credit.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the graduate programs at D'Youville University, applicants to the post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner must present the following:

1. Completed online graduate application for admissions (no application fee).

2. Completed masters of science degree in nursing from an approved or accredited program.

3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). International students must submit a ‘course-by-course’ evaluation (or equivalent) of all  college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

4. All official graduate transcripts. If health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses were taken at the undergraduate level those official transcripts must be submitted.

5. GPA for admissions decisions:

     A. GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or greater is required for unconditional admission to master’s programs

     B. GPA of 2.75-2.99 is eligible for provisional admission status. Students must successfully complete two faculty determined graduate courses with a grade of B or better in the first semester to attain full admission in the second semester of study.  Students who earn a grade less than B will not be permitted to repeat the course and will be ineligible to continue in the program.

     C. Applicants with a GPA of 2.70-2.74 and a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned more than five years ago and who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae are eligible for consideration of provisional admission.

6. Active, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian.

7. Current CPR Certification with psychomotor component.

8. At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in psych-mental health or a related field is require

9. A descriptive statistics course or equivalent with a grade of C or better. 

10. Optional: Applicants who wish to strengthen their submission packet are encouraged to submit two references on clinical performance with one reference from a professional with an advanced degree attesting to the clinical knowledge, skills, leadership and the ability to be a good applicant. Other acceptable references include supervisor, manager or former professor. 

11. Optional: Applicants who wish to strengthen their submission packet are encouraged to submit a writing assignment on their philosophy of nursing, 2 pages in length, double space and 12-point font that includes philosophy of nursing focused on past experience, what influencing nursing has had on your career, why you chose to pursue this degree, how you see this degree enhancing your career and how you will utilize this degree to advance patient care and health care outcomes.

12. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled or previously enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at another college or university, must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating that the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate or doctoral program will not be considered for admission.

13. PMHNP is not a recognized credential for Extended Class Advanced Practice Certification as a nurse practitioner in Ontario.

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations, all matriculated students in the nurse practitioner program must fulfill these requirements:

  1. Completion of 40 credit-hours (master of science) or 30 credit-hours (postmaster’s certificate) as required.
  2. Students on academic probation are limited to six credits per semester while on probation.
    1. Students in Graduate Nursing Programs are expected to maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0. Students who do not maintain this GPA will be reviewed by the Progression and Retention Committee for academic consequences. A student who has less than a 3.0 GPA in either semester or cumulative, at any time will be placed on academic probation for the next semester or summer session. At the end of the probation period, the student’s file will be reviewed by the program Graduate Progression and Retention committee. If the student’s cumulative or semester GPA is a minimum of 3.0, the student will be removed from probation.
    2.  If the student does not achieve the 3.0 cumulative or semester GPA after a first probation, the graduate progression and retention committee may consider a second semester of probation. If a minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative or semester) is not achieved after a second probation, the student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program.
    3. A student will be allowed probationary status for no more than two semesters during the entire graduate program. The student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program if in excess of two semesters.
  3. Students cannot register for clinical courses in the N.P. program until formally accepted into the program.
  4. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students are required to receive at least a B in all courses required for the PMHNP certificate. Students who receive less than a B, including a B-, C+, C or lower in these courses, will have to repeat that course, will be placed on probation and cannot take any of the clinical practicum courses until they raise their grade in the applicable course to at least a B. They are also limited to six credits while on probation.
  5. Student responsibilities: The nurse practitioner program is a demanding program in coursework, time, commitment and financial obligation. Due to these responsibilities for the program, students should seriously evaluate the impact that employment may have on their clinical performance and academic progress.