Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric-Mental Health)


A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a specific population focus.  These include family, adult-gerontology (primary or acute care), neonatal, pediatrics (primary or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric-mental health populations.  Texas Woman’s University offers programs for family, adult-gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric (primary care), women’s health, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner tracks. 

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is prepared in mental health assessment, treatment, and management of mental health disorders for clients and families of all ages.  The PMHNP provides advanced therapeutic modalities such as individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as prescribing psychotherapeutic medications.  

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Work well with teams and complete project work.
  2. Collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions.
  3. Effectively communicate through a variety of mediums and modes.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

27 semester credit hours (SCH).


These courses are considered prerequisites to a Post-Master's Certificate. If a student is practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the pharmacology course must have been completed no more than six years earlier (must be current within six years of anticipated certificate completion). If not, this coursework will need to be repeated for the new certificate. 

Required Courses
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5643Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs9
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
NURS 5912Advanced Psychiatric Diagnostics2
NURS 5922Advanced Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment2
NURS 5932Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse2
NURS 5952Psychotherapeutic Interventions2
NURS 5933Establishing Therapeutic Relationships3
NURS 5953Advanced Psychotherapeutic Interventions3
NURS 5205Advanced Therapeutic Relationships5
NURS 5183 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Synthesis3
NURS 5225Holistic Psychiatric Care5
Total SCHs27