What will I learn?

Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) graduate certificate is an opportunity for experienced advanced practice nurses who have earned, or are in the process of earning, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to expand their existing scope of practice by developing the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and manage issues related to mental health and substance abuse.

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Students who are interested in psychiatric and mental health study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through our Doctor of Nursing Practice program:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


In this graduate certificate program, you will complete 6 quarters (18 months) of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations, per availability. Many of the core PMHNP classes require in-person classroom attendance on a weekly basis plus additional clinical practicum hours. This is not an online/distance program.

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
USD $13,869 for Quarterly tuition fee
Start date

3 January 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

To apply to a graduate certificate, you must meet one of the following criteria:

1. Already have a graduate degree in nursing, with an appropriate specialization (required for all nursing advanced practice graduate certificates: Adult Geriatric NP, Midwifery, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Women’s Health CNS)

2. Already have a graduate degree in another appropriate field, when applicable (required for Advanced Practice Environmental and Occupational Health and Palliative Care)

If you are bachelors prepared RN and do not meet one of the above criteria, you should apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program instead.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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