Frontier Nursing University

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


195 School Street

Hyden, KY 41749

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-Graduate Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track educates students for advanced practice to improve mental health care and overall health status of communities with a focus on individuals across the lifespan and populations in rural and underserved areas. The PMHNP program will prepare you to provide high-quality mental health care incorporating integrative care and telehealth technology.

The PMHNP program is available as a Post-Graduate Certificate with the option of completing a Companion Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for currently certified Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.

Applicants must have a master’s or higher degree in nursing and currently hold national certification in one of the following advanced practice registered nurse specialties to apply:

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Geriatric-Adult Nurse Practitioner (GANP)
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)


All current nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners seeking to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner can be admitted to one of the following programs:

Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) only (35 credit hours)

In the Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) program, students who successfully complete the program of study for the PMHNP will receive a post-graduate certificate with eligibility for the national certification exam as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Completion of the PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) requires 35 credits, with the option for a 15 month or 18 month plan of study.

Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) + Companion DNP program (65 credit hours)

For students who desire to pursue the the PGC and also a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the PGC + Companion DNP program option will be the best fit. This plan of study allows for the completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate and gives students the option to continue seamlessly into the Companion DNP curriculum – without having to reapply – to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students seeking the PGC + Companion DNP will complete approximately 65 total credits depending on gap analysis review of previous transcripts and identification of any additional courses needed. Completing the DNP degree is highly recommended.

In FNU’s distance education programs, your home community serves as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community. Our curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse practitioner, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in the healthcare system.


Program Overview:

  • Earn a Post-Graduate Certificate with option of completing a Companion DNP.
  • Distance education setting allowing you to remain in your own community.
  • Two brief visits to Kentucky campus (4 days and 5 days).
  • Full time and part time options available.
  • Small cohort of 25 students.


For applicants seeking MSN with option of Companion DNP:

The PMHNP MSN+Companion DNP program will launch in 2018 with applications accepted in summer 2017. 


Contact the school for information

Facts & Figures

Locale: Remote Rural Area

Size & Settings: 0-999

Find Schools