Certificate Programs


(DEADLINE OCTOBER 1 FOR A SPRING START and Deadline April 1 for Fall 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.

*Federal Financial Aid is not available for students enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate program.  


How to apply to the certificate program

Due to the high demand of the PMHNP certificate program, 2 cohorts will be accepted for each calendar year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.


Fall admission: In order to apply for admission to the certificate program for Fall you must complete the following in order:

  1.  Apply to the College of Nursing no later than April 1. The Admission Committee will review all applications and upon being accepted you will receive notification via email in late April. 



  1. Fax, email or mail required documents to the College of Nursing prior to the April deadline:
    1. Official transcripts (all institutions attended)
    2. Copy of current ARNP license
    3. Copy of current CV/Resume
    4. Proof of clinical hours completed for MSN or DNP program


  1.  IF accepted for the Fall 2019 semester you will be required to apply to Florida State University as a Non-Degree Student no later than August 1. Do not complete the non-degree student application until you have been accepted by the College of Nursing. A non-refundable US $30.00 processing fee, payable to the Florida State University, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions as part of the non-degree student application. An official transcript from each college and university attended must also be submitted to the Office of Admission. This is in addition to submitting them to the College of Nursing.


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



If mailing your document 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 please FAX to:  850.645.7249


If emailing your scanned documents please send them to:



Additional Information:

College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program of Study Fall Admission 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program of Study Spring Admission 

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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