Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Be an integral part of the behavioral health workforce.

With the continued shortage of mental and behavioral health care providers, this program prepares you to fill that gap and meet the need to help this vulnerable and underserved population. Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program has an innovative, hybrid approach, with diverse clinical training opportunities, to build a strong foundation and prepare you for practice with all populations and ages.

About The PMHNP Program

The Post Master’s PMHNP Certificate track is a 5-semester hybrid program that is 90% online and 10% on-campus intensives (for skills, clinical labs, standardized patient training, and IPE events).

You will have clinical training opportunities at multiple sites, and gain exposure to adults, children, and geriatric clients in behavioral health settings. As a PMHNP student, you will learn about both therapy and disease management for inpatient, outpatient, short term and long-term care settings.

Our certificate program is guided by the competencies from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies and prepares the newly graduated nurse practitioner to practice clinically in a multitude of settings. In keeping with those competencies the PMHNP track prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with the most advanced clinical and organizational skills to provide the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities.

In order to apply you will need a graduate degree. You can learn more about the admissions requirements and how to apply on our admissions page. Adherent to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Competencies.

THE PMHNP curriculum combines advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of evidence-based research and practice, so you can be a more efficient and competent practitioner.


When you graduate our PMHNP certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose, assess, treat, and manage various behavioral health conditions in a range of clients from children through geriatric.
  • Deliver therapy using multiple modalities and styles.
  • Use evidence-based treatment and holistic approaches to patient care.
  • Complement advanced nursing practice care with methods that promote wellness, integrate behavioral changes, and focus on long-lasting impacts on mental health.
  • Practice patient-centered holistic care.
  • Work in teams or independently with comprehension of available resources and best practices.
  • Advocate for patients and organizations through your advanced practice roles.


Some of what sets our program apart is that you will:

  • Learn within a social justice and equity framework of healthcare delivery.
  • Have access to diverse clinical rotations (inpatient, outpatient, public health, community, rehabilitation, emergency, street medicine, pain management, addiction medicine, etc).
  • Take part in a unique 5-semester hybrid (90% online, 10% on-campus intensives) program. Become licensed as NPs in California.
  • Become eligible to sit for PMHNP national board certification exams.
  • Are trained with nationally recognized competency standards through the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies (NONPF).
  • Are supported by caring faculty and staff members.
  • Opportunities to earn badges and specialty certifications, enhancing experience and opportunities for employment.
  • Learn alongside Medical, Pharmacy, PA, and Public Health candidates in interprofessional experiences during their clinical development.
  • Become part of the worldwide Touro Nursing family.
  • Qualify to be recognized by Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society.


Prerequisite Semester for students who do not meet the 3 P requirements:

  • Requirements (Advanced Practice level courses only)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • Advanced Assessment ( 3 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits) - to be completed within 5 years of graduation from the program

Semester 1

Advanced Physical Assessment

Advanced Pathophysiology

Advanced Pharmacology

Semester 2

Applied Psychopharmacology

Psychotherapeutic Principles

Applied Psychotherapy (150 Clinical Hours)

Semester 3

PMHNP I - Management of Acute & Common Behavioral Health Disorders

PMHNP I - Clinical Practice (150 Clinical Hours)

Semester 4

PMHNP II - Management of Chronic Behavioral Health Disorders

PMHNP II - Clinical Practice (225 Clinical Hours)

Telemedicine (Applied Simulation Lab)

Semester 5

PMHNP Management of Special Populations

PMHNP III - Clinical Practice (225 Clinical Hours)

Clinical Elective - Street Medicine, Pain & Addiction Medicine, Inpatient, Emergency


  • Provide the highest level of advanced nursing care resulting in high quality, cost-effective patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate healthcare programs and outcomes to improve and achieve quality healthcare services.
  • Analyze patient outcomes related to healthcare interventions built on evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care.
  • Integrate Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care.
  • Analyze the influence of public policy decisions on the health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration services provided to diverse populations.
  • Collaborate with healthcare providers in intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary healthcare teams to provide patient-centered, quality, and safe healthcare services.
  • Expand clinical judgment and decision-making abilities based on ethical and moral principles to promote the well-being of individuals, families, and health care providers in local, national, and international communities.
  • Apply theoretical and research-based knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to plan and implement safe, quality health care for vulnerable individuals and groups.

Boards and Certifications

California Board of Registered Nursing

Upon completion of the program, graduates are ready to apply for California State Certification as a Nurse Practitioner and Furnishing (prescribing) privileges.

National Certification

Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify to sit for National Board Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the following credentialing agencies:

American Acadamy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (ANCC) - Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Certification (PMHNP-BC™)

DEA Certification (US Department of Justice, Diversion Control Division) - Forms & Applications