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13 Apr 2021

NEW ONLINE PROGRAM – The Importance of Mental Health – Learn More about the NEW Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Today, many Americans do not have access to mental health services, in part due to a lack of qualified mental health professionals. Nurses who become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) help bridge this gap and provide holistic care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions. PMHNPs are uniquely poised to expand education about, and access to, mental health care.

Partner a lack of mental health professionals with the current global pandemic, and you can see why Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) are in such high demand. In fact, job demand will increase greatly in 2021.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for nurse practitioners will rise 52%, creating 24,000 jobs between 2019-2029 which includes Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs).

NEW PROGRAM! Enroll today in the Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate at Kent State University

PMNHPs focus on helping their patients cope with different psychiatric disorders and illnesses, including mood disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.1

As a PMNHP you may be employed in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, primary care, emergency settings, correctional facilities, and on consultation/liaison teams in hospitals.2

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate at Kent State University prepares nurses, who already have a graduate nursing degree, with the additional specialized knowledge for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner role. The certificate meets the educational requirements for the national certification examination.3

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner.

Why Kent State University?

The mission of Kent State University College of Nursing is to discover, create, apply and share nursing knowledge, as well as to foster ethical and humanitarian values in addressing the health care needs of Ohio and the global community. Our students engage in diverse learning environments to foster critical thinking and attain excellence in providing care for diverse populations and advancing knowledge.4

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate program offers:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Classes are held 100% online and delivered by expert nurses via leading-edge instructional technology
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for graduates during and after the program

Kent State University Post-Master’s Nursing Certificates

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate is one of many post-master’s nursing certificates available through Kent State University.

Kent State’s post-master’s nursing certificates are designed to prepare graduate-prepared nurses for new advanced nursing specialties.5 These certificates will enhance what you learned in your master’s or doctoral program.

Post-Master’s Nursing Certificates:

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate certificate provides nurses who already have a graduate nursing degree the additional specialized knowledge for the adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist role.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-adult-gerontology-clinical-nurse-specialist.

Nurse Educator
The Nurse Educator graduate certificate provides nurses who already have a graduate nursing degree the additional specialized knowledge and experience for the nurse educator role.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-nurse-educator.

Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership
The Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership graduate certificate provide nurses who already have a graduate nursing degree the additional specialized knowledge for nursing administration and health systems leadership.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-nursing-administration-and-health-systems-leadership.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate prepares nurses who have a graduate nursing degree the additional specialized knowledge for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner role.

For more information on Kent State's Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate provides nurses who already have a graduate nursing degree the additional specialized knowledge and clinical experience for the women's health nurse practitioner role.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-womens-health-nurse-practitioner.


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