Certificate Programs

Nurse Leader Certificate Program 
(DEADLINE April 1 for a Fall start)

The Nurse Leader Certificate Program is designed to provide academic preparation for nurses who are either working in clinical settings as nurse managers or who seek to transition into leadership roles in the near future (Post BSN or Post MSN).

The program includes a total of 4 didactic courses (14 semester hours) and 45 clinical hours.

The program is being offered in a convenient on-line format in order to facilitate the educational needs of nurses interesting in advancing their career.  


Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate 
(DEADLINE OCTOber 1 for a Spring start)

The online Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate is a post-masters/post-DNP certification program available to certified Family/Adult Nurse Practitioner graduates who would like to gain additional knowledge in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing of family.  Incoming graduate students must have taken the following graduate level courses prior to starting the program:  Advance Health Assessment, Advance Pathophysiology, and Advance Pharmacology. The certificate will allow the graduate to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Certification.

The program prepares students to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk. 

The program has 23 graduate level credits of mental health theory and 540 hours of supervised clinical experiences in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities (individual, group and family) and encompasses treatment across the life span, from childhood through senescence. Adult NP are required to take an additional 3 hour Pediatric course. The rational for this requirement stems from the ANCC Consensus Model APRN Consensus Model and Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, Education (LACE) which has adopted a lifespan approach for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMH APRN certification, which includes preparing PMH-APRN to care for individuals, family, groups, and communities from pre-birth until death.



In order to apply for admission to the Certificate Program, you must complete the three steps listed below:

1: Apply to the College of Nursing

Click here to complete the online application to the College of Nursing.


2. Apply to Florida State University (Non-Degree Student Application)

A non-refundable US$30.00 processing fee, payable to The Florida State University, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications will not be processed without the application fee. An official transcript from each college and university attended must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions.


3. Fax or mail required documents to the College of Nursing

•          A. Official Transcripts

•          B. Copy of current RN license(for NL cert.) or ARNP License(for PMHNPC cert.)
•          C. Copy of current CV/Resume


If mailing your documents please use the following address:

Florida State University
College of Nursing Graduate Program
Attn: Carlos Urrutia
98 Varsity Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310

If faxing your documents, FAX to: 850.645.7249

If emailing your scanned documents send them to: currutia@admin.fsu.edu



Additional Information

College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook

Nurse Leader Certificate Program of Study (pdf 51.39 kB)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program of Study

College of Nursing Student Policies

AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs



Dr. Susan Porterfield

For advising please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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