Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health

Degree Granted
Advanced Certificate
Degree Level
Graduate Certificate
Garden City

Expand your nursing career and gain the skills you need to plan and deliver psychiatric mental healthcare to clients of all ages.

Why Earn an Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health?

For nurse practitioners who are already licensed in another specialty, a post-master’s advanced certificate is an affordable and accessible way to expand your professional options—and meet a growing national demand for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. Students in an advanced certificate program receive in-depth training in psychiatric mental health nursing, developing the tools to successfully assess, treat and manage a diverse range of clients.

Why Earn Your Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Adelphi University in New York?

  • Build on your completed master’s coursework with a well-rounded curriculum that prepares you to assume an advanced practice role.
  • Learn by doing in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory under the supervision of experienced nurse practitioners.
  • Study while balancing family and other obligations with convenient, flexible course schedules that include part-time and online options (40 percent of our core courses are offered online).
first-time pass rate for graduates who took the ANCC Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in 2020

In the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, we prepare our students to care for the mental health needs of people of all ages. They are trained to address the contemporary issues that members of society face such as depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma through integrated approaches that include both therapy and medication.

Marissa Abram Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe strongly in the power of hands-on learning and the value it plays in advancing our students’ careers. In the advanced certificate program, you’ll complete 500 hours of hands-on clinical experience in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics and private medical practices.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to translate theory into practice in Adelphi’s Clinical Education and Simulation Lab (CESiL), which houses a wealth of supplies and equipment in order to effectively simulate a hospital setting. The center’s innovative educational features include:

  • A 22-bed lab, with one fully functioning community health room set up as a one-bedroom studio apartment
  • Advanced patient care manikins and simulators
  • Seven clinical exam rooms and one pediatric exam room
  • Two classrooms fully wired for testing and web conferencing

Inside the Clinical Education and Simulation Lab

Program Info

Application Requirements

The priority application deadline for spring admission is July 1. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis:

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a B or above in all science and nursing classes.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Résumé
  • A 500-word, typed essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • Final transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited four-year institution
  • Final transcript documenting a master’s degree in nursing and completion of nurse practitioner program from an accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation from nurses who hold a master’s degree or above, credentials included
  • New York state registered nurse license and New York state nurse practitioner license

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