The PMHNP post-graduate certificate is 29 credits and typically completed in 4 semesters (1.5 years). The PMHNP MSN program is 52 credits and typically completed in 7 semesters (2.5 years). The PMHNP DNP program is 64 credits and typically completed in 10 semesters (4.5 years).
Yes. The PMHNP requires 14 credits of clinical experience which equals 630 contact hours.
The courses are offered in an online format with some classes having required in-class intensives.
Yes, there are required on-campus intensives for several courses. Students living outside of Colorado will need to find their own faculty-approved clinical placements. It is advised that students contact student affairs to discuss their specific state requirements prior to applying to the program.
Yes, our courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to take the ANCC certification examination for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) (PMHNP-BC).
Yes, you may take up to 12 semester credits as a non-degree student prior to being accepted to the program. You must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course. Non-degree students register on a space available basis during open enrollment just prior to the beginning of the semester. Students enrolled as non-degree seeking are not eligible for financial aid. Please see the Non-degree program for more information.
The PMHNP program is rigorous, challenging, and very rewarding. During the clinical courses, it is strongly recommended that students do not work or work as little as possible.
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) has published core competencies in each specialty for students to achieve. Students may need to increase their clinical credits if they do not achieve these competencies within the required clinical credits.
All students are required to have a current and unencumbered RN license, current immunizations, and basic life support.