Certificate Programs

Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program

The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced clinical preparation as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

The program prepares students to provide comprehensive, client-centered mental health care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness, as well as the promotion of mental health.

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the program. Whenever possible, clinical experience will be arranged near the student's place of residence.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are eligible for certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in New York state and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Curriculum

Below is a sample curriculum plan for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program (download a printer friendly version). Use this plan in conjunction with the post-master's nurse practitioner curriculum worksheet (see section for Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) to plan your course sequence.

Students are also encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information or contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office.

Year 1, fall semester

Clinical hours

Credits

NURS 502: Concepts in Health Assessment for Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

60

3

NURS 518: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

 

3

Semester total 

60 6
Year 1, spring semester
Clinical hours Credits

NURS 519: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

 

3

NURS 565: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role I: Assessment and Diagnosis

120

4

Semester total

120 7
Year 2, fall semester
Clinical hours Credits

NURS 562: Psychopharmacology 

 

2

NURS 563: Psychiatric Mental Health Specialization I: Acute Illnesses

120

4

NURS 566: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role II: Individual Psychotherapies

120

4

Semester total

240 10
Year 2, spring semester
Clinical hours Credits

NURS 564: Psychiatric Mental Health Specialization II: Chronic Illnesses

120

4

NURS 567: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role III: Family and Group Psychotherapies

120

4

Semester total 

240 8

TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

660

31

Application criteria

A complete listing of application criteria for this certificate program is presented on the Certificate Programs General Information webpage.

Students holding an MS degree in nursing may enroll in the post-graduate adult-gerontological nurse practitioner program. Depending on prior educational preparation, several course requirements may be eligible for waiver by the graduate nursing program director with the submission of official transcripts reflecting successful completion of previous coursework (grade of B or better) and related supporting course syllabi. Review Decker's policy on transferring graduate credit in the Graduate Student Handbook.

NOTE: Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to this program.

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.