Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) graduate certificate is an opportunity for experienced advanced practice nurses who have earned, or are in the process of earning, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to expand their existing scope of practice by developing the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and manage issues related to mental health and substance abuse.

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Students who are interested in psychiatric and mental health study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through our Doctor of Nursing Practice program:


The information provided below describes the regular, in-person program offering. Due to the COVID pandemic, however, we are following the State of Washington and campus-wide guidance for in-person attendance, and are offering most courses except laboratory courses (e.g., Advanced Health Assessment) in a distance learning format.

In this graduate certificate program, you will complete 6 quarters (18 months) of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations, per availability. Many of the core PMHNP classes require in-person classroom attendance on a weekly basis plus additional clinical practicum hours. This is not an online/distance program.

Please note that admission to this graduate certificate program is on a space-available basis.

National Certifications

After successful completion of the PMHNP graduate certificate, you are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (