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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate is for Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)  who have completed a master’s degree or higher in nursing and desire to pursue a non-degree course of study that leads to eligibility to take a national Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification examination.

The 17 hour program is offered 100% online and can be completed in one year. Applicants who apply to WKU's MSN PMHNP program should live and complete the required 540 clinical hours in thier geographic region of KY, TN or Arizona. Arizona residents must complete these hours in state.

Cohorts are accepted to start each year in July.

Information can be found here


Summer Semester Credit Hours
NURS 507: Adv. Psych NP Assessment 1
Subtotal  1
Fall Semester Credit Hours
NURS 523 Adv. Psych NP I 3
NURS 524 Adv. Psych NP I Clinical (120 hours)  2
Subtotal 5
Spring Semester Credit Hours
NURS 525 Adv. Psych NP II 3
NURS 526 Adv. Psych NP II Clinical (120 hours) 2
Subtotal 5
Summer Semester Credit Hours
NURS 511   Adv. Psych NP III 1
NURS 527 Adv. Psych NP III Internship (300 hours)  5
Subtotal 6
Total Hours
Total PMHNP Concentration Hours 17
Total Clinical Hours 540


Department Contact

Program Coordinator: Mrs. Rhonda Quenzer
Email: rhonda.quenzer@wku.edu
Phone:(270) 745-3974

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website:  wku.edu/graduate


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.

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 Last Modified 7/23/20