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

Advanced Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health

Prepare for advanced practice and board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with USJ’s Post-Master’s Certificate. This certificate program is designed for those who already hold a Master’s degree in nursing.

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Program Benefits

  • Flexible plan of study based on your previous education and career experience.
  • Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • Clinical learning experiences occur at a variety of health care agencies.
  • Prepares you for leadership and change-agent roles in health promotion and therapeutic clinical practice.
  • Teaches you to administer, consult, educate, and research as part of the advanced practice role in Nursing.
  • Graduates are employed in a variety of areas, including inpatient and outpatient settings, intensive outpatient facilities, private practice, and community health clinics.
  • USJ’s certificate program is one of only 3 programs in Connecticut.
  • USJ Family nurse practitioners program graduates can take 15 credits to earn additional certification as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

Application Information

  • Acceptance into the program is highly competitive
  • Applications are reviewed twice a year. All application materials should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by October 1 for application review for admission the following spring, and by March 1 for application review for admission the following fall
  • Admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  • A current resume
  • A official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally and nationally accredited Nursing institution, as well as transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
  • A current Registered Nurse license from the state in which clinical work will be completed
  • Essay: Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience has a broad impact on patient care and outcomes; state professional goals for the next 5-10 years and explain how this degree will help you reach your goals. 
  • Two letters from professionals attesting to the candidate’s intellectual, clinical, and leadership abilities to pursue graduate work at the University of Saint Joseph. Letters should be from clinical supervisors or managers, and academic faculty
  • An interview with the graduate faculty prior to acceptance into the program
  • All immunization records as required by the University and Department of Nursing
  • Upon formal admission, a certified background check is required
  • Malpractice insurance: Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, at the Student APRN level, prior to the start of clinical coursework


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certification at the University of Saint Joseph are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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    Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    Director of Graduate Programs
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 860.231.5258

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