2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) 
    
    Jan 16, 2021  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


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This certificate program prepares nurses with an MSN or a nurse practitioner MSN degree with the specialized information, knowledge, and skills to be eligible to take the national NP certification examination appropriate to the specialty and to obtain NP licensure at the state level.

Certificate Requirements


  • 43 total quarter credits with 640 clinical hours
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (40 cr.)

Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1   3 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4   5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
  5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
5   5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
  5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)

*Courses must be taken at Walden University.
With the exception of NURS 6003, all didactic courses are 5 quarter credits.
All clinical courses are 3 credits didactic and 2 credits clinical practice.

Note on CCNE Accreditation


Walden University’s Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP) Certificate, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP) Certificate, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) Certificate programs are not accredited by the CCNE. While Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing program and all of its specializations are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and have been for many years, the CCNE requires an on-site review of all new Nurse Practitioner Certificate programs. Walden has a site-visit scheduled with CCNE in March 2020 and the FNP, AGPC-NP, AGAC-NP, and PMH-NP certificates will each be reviewed by CCNE during the on-site visit. Pursuing CCNE accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Note on Certification Exams


Currently FNP, AGPC-NP, AGAC-NP, and PMH-NP graduates must hold a master’s, doctoral degree, or a postgraduate certificate from a program accredited by CCNE or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in order to practice as a nurse practitioner and to be eligible for one of the Nurse Practitioner national certification exams, which is required in order to practice as an NP in most states. Walden University’s Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP) Certificate, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP) Certificate, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) Certificate programs are not accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Note on Licensure, Certification, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner


Most states require graduation from a CCNE-accredited nurse practitioner program to be eligible to apply for certification to practice as an NP. However, the requirements for certification as a nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of nurse practitioners has its own academic requirements and issues its own certification to practice in that state. While Walden University enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure and certification eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure/certification-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable board of nursing or agency that has jurisdiction over Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating


Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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