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Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Program

The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program is available for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates who would like to gain further knowledge in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing of family. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study.

The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program prepares graduates to function independently and collaboratively with health care team members to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk. Graduates are eligible for certification as an adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner or a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses’ Association American Nurses Credentialing Center, and for state licensure/certification where available.


Summer 2017 Entry Term

Length of Program - 3 semesters

  • Application Open: June 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2017


Admission Requirements

Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate Program Application Portal

Applications for the Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program must be submitted through NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org/. Simply create an account, search for the Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications. Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.

Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate Program Admission Requirements

1. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from regionally-accredited institutions
  • Degrees in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited programs are preferred.
  • A nurse practitioner (NP) track within the Master’s program is preferred.
  • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.” To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in Academic History.
  • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended on their application even if no degree was awarded in the “Colleges Attended” section in Academic History.
  • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the Additional Requirements for International Transcripts section below.

2. Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

3. Minimum Prerequisite Coursework
  • Applicants must have at least 3 credits of graduate-level coursework in each of the following areas:
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology

4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing
  • At least one reference from an academic source.
  • Complete the “References” section in Supporting Information to request electronic recommendations.

5. Statement of Professional Goals
  • Discuss your reasons for applying to the Post-Master’s Certificate program at the University of Miami and how it fits into your personal, educational, and professional goals.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

6. Current CV/resume
  • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer experience, licensure and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic history
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

7. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the state of Florida
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

8. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
  • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
  • Upload in the “Documents” tab.

Interviews will be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty. The interview may be in person or via telephone or webcam. Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.

Applicants must be willing to complete preceptorships within the State of Florida.

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the "Documents" tab.

Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

Original official transcripts from international institutions and copies of all international diplomas should be mailed directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:

University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Office of Student Services, Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850

Transcripts in languages other than English must be translated by a nationally certified translation service and sent directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the address listed above.

Additional Requirements for applicants for whom English is not the native language

Applicants must meet the English requirements set forth by the University of Miami. Send TOEFL scores directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:

University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Office of Student Services, Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850

Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the School of Nursing and Health Studies during the same application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Admission is granted subject to passing of all conditions stated on the Certificate of Admission. This includes FBI background clearance, a passing drug test, valid immunizations (including flu vaccination), and complete financial registration. The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program includes several clinical rotations, which require that students have a background report without any infractions. If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, he/she will not have cleared the background check and the conditional admission will be withdrawn.

Please note that student admissions are conducted on a case-by-case basis and the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies reserves the right to waive any requirement or request additional information from applicants.