The UMass Amherst Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master's Online Certificate prepares nurses to obtain psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification. The program may be completed in as few as two years, with individualized plans of study which recognize each student's clinical practice experience. Students benefit from the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing's focus on integrated mental health care and from classes taught by the UMass Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing's expert faculty.

This certificate will prepare students to:

  • Address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual elements of mental health care
  • Apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification examination
  • Work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings

The PMHNP Certificate courses are completely online. Students gain experiential learning through clinical practica.

Clinical Hours Required:
Non-APRNS: 672
APRNs: 560

Learn more about this program:
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Click here for more information on the UMass Amherst Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PMHNP).


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls.  Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $825
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester $30

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The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Admissions Requirements

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited program of nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • An active RN license

Complete an online application here.

There is no application fee and prices are the same for in-state and out-of-state students. 

Note: UMass Amherst is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer online programs to out-of-state students. Currently we cannot accept students who reside in  Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.


For more information on how online courses work, click the link below for a course demo:

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