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1. Fill out the application in its entirety.
2. Submit your application.
3. After you submit your application, you will be emailed a link to the application portal to submit your supporting documents.

You do not need to wait for letters of recommendation in order to submit your application. The letters are sent directly to us by the recommenders. 

More About the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate

This program covers mental health across the lifespan, thus the “family” designation. Students gain advanced knowledge and skills basic to the psychiatric nurse practitioner's (PMHNP) ability to: assess, diagnose and plan treatment for psychiatric disorders and co-morbid conditions; provide treatment that includes prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications; implement psychotherapy and health promotion/illness prevention interventions with individuals and groups; and evaluate treatment outcomes.

Program Quick Facts


$470 per credit hour

Time to Completion

Full or part time


Synchronous online, pending transcript review

Credit Hours


Start Term

Spring or Summer**

Degree Required

Master's (advanced practice nursing)

*Estimated tuition is based on the resident rate and does not include fees.
**Those interested in the Summer start term should contact Tanner Gelatt prior to starting an application.

This certificate program is intended for licensed nurse practitioners in another specialty who want to add to or change their specialty area to psych/mental health.

Admissions Requirements

Before you can apply, you must have:

  • Copies of master's transcripts for review
  • The equivalent of a Master of Science (MS) degree in advanced practice nursing
  • Active U.S. RN and NP licenses
  • An active national certification in your specialty area (ex. FNP, AGNP, etc.)
  • MS GPA of 3.0 or higher

To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official copies of transcripts from ALL colleges attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three references

Admissions evaluations and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The Nursing Core courses may or may not be waived based on admitted student’s work experience and/or time since completing his/her previous nursing program(s).


Advanced Practice Nursing Core
Course Credits
NGC 612 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NGC 625 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NGC 626 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing II 3
NGC 576 Advanced Health Assessment-Foundations 3
NGC 574 Advanced Health Assessment-Child 2
Specialty Coursework
Course Credits
NPM 553     Primary Care of Individuals & Families Experiencing Addictions
NFN 559 The Family: Theoretical Foundations and Perspectives 3
NPM 562 PMHN: Theoretical Foundations and Perspectives 3
NPM 568 Clinical Pharmacology for APN 3
NPM 569 Neurological Basis of Mental Health & Addictive Disorders 3
NPM 570 MH Assessment & Diagnosis Across the Lifespan 3
NPM 563 PMHN: Practicum Individual & Group Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan 2
NPM 618 Clinical Practicum I 4
NPM 619 Clinical Practicum II 4
NPM 652 PMHNP Clinical Practicum Seminar I 1
NPM 653 PMHNP Clinical Practicum Seminar II 1

Total Credits: 25-45*

*A maximum of 45 credit hours are required to complete the Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate. However, specific courses may be waived if the individual’s previous training specifically indicates on the academic transcripts that the required course or its equivalent has already been taken within the last 10 years. All students in this program must complete at least 25 credit hours and 600 unique clinical hours in this specialty area, all of which must be taken at the University at Buffalo.

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