Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

MSN PMHNP Program Admission Requirements

Registered nurses who have graduated from a nationally accredited MSN program may pursue a post-master’s certificate education at TAMIU. The advancement of the profession of nursing requires a commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning. Students obtaining an MSN from TAMIU will provide the South Texas region with nurses with the advanced knowledge and competencies to improve health outcomes for citizens of the region.

To be considered for admittance to a masters' program in nursing, the nursing masters' student must meet both the general requirements listed at TAMIU and the specific requirements set by Canseco School of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

1. Submit an application to the Office of Graduate Studies. 

2.Comply with all TAMIU Graduate Admission Requirements as defined in the catalog for the year of admission at

3. A valid unencumbered RN license without restrictions in the State of Texas.

4.Evidence of a baccalaureate nursing degree from a nationally accredited college or university.

5. Evidence of a completed graduate degree from a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

6.Successful completion of APRN core courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physical Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology from a prior master's degree. 

7. Students who have not successfully completed the APRN core courses are required to take these courses at TAMIU, before they can be accepted into the PMHNP program.

8. Required immunizations, medical health insurance, physical examination completed by a licensed medical health provider, criminal background check and drug screen must be submitted separately to a designated vendor for repository of documents, i.e. Verified Credentials.

  • Immunizations: MMR and varicella immunizations or rubeola, rubella or varicella titers; Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis); Hepatitis B (HBV) series or HBV titer or signed informed refusal; Annual influenza vaccination (received in the Fall of each year).
  • Verification of drug and criminal background screening by a designated company or agency at student expense. (Contact the Director of graduate Program for questions).

  • Submit a signed release of information form for release of information to the CNHS. (Contact the Director of graduate Program for this form).

  • Annual tuberculosis (TB) skin test or blood test.
  • Students are required to provide proof of health insurance obtained from a U.S. health insurance provider.

Program Description

The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is designed as a certificate course of study allowing a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree to prepare for credentialing as an PMHNP. The program prepares graduates to assume a psychiatric-mental health care provider role in community, acute care, and tele-health settings for patients across the lifespan. Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, students are eligible to apply for the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

MSN Program Mission Statement

To educate advance practice nurse leaders who, through research, policy, and practice will promote health and wellbeing of local, national and international communities so that all people can thrive.

MSN Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSN program, graduates will:

1. Critically analyze, interpret and utilize appropriate knowledge, research and theories to meet the health care needs of diverse client populations across the lifespan.

2. Collaboratively plan the delivery of culturally sensitive health care with organizations and the community.

3. Contribute to the advancement of nursing profession through evidenced-based research and practice.

4. Synthesize the leadership management, negotiating, teaching/coaching and consulting roles to foster continual improvement in order to meet changing societal and environmental needs.

5. Operationalize ethical, legal, political, and economic principles in application to management of healthcare delivery across the lifespan.

6. Advocate for advanced nursing practice through a commitment to lifelong learning and community service.

Marketable Skills

Scientific Foundation        

  • Critically analyzes existing data and evidence for improving advanced nursing practice and patient care.
  • Integrates knowledge from the humanities and sciences in providing primary care to patients across the lifespan.
  • Translates and implements current research and other forms of knowledge to improve patient care.


  • Creates interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration with multiple stakeholders (e.g., patients, community integrated health care teams) in providing primary care.
  • Communicates practice knowledge clearly and effectively both in oral and written formats.

Quality Competencies       

  • Evaluates how organizational structures, care processes, financing, marketing and policy decisions impact the quality of care provided to patients across the lifespan.
  • Acknowledges the importance of life-long learning as a health care provider in primary care.

Practice Inquiry       

  • Educated in graduate-level investigative skills to conduct clinical investigations in the practice settings to improve patient outcomes.

Technological & Information Literacy   

  • Integrates appropriate technologies such as use of appropriate applications in the management of acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan.
  • Competent in the use of electronic medical records and the proper use of ICD-10 and CPT coding in making appropriate insurance claims.

Policy Competencies         

  • Advocates for ethical policies that promote access, equity, quality, affordability of care in safe and healthy practice environments. 

Health Delivery System    

  • Applies knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health care delivery.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in the planning for transitions across the continuum of care.


  • Applies ethical principles in finding sound solutions pertaining to complex issues in patient care.

Independent Practice       

  • Functions as an independent family nurse practitioner within the scope of practice designated by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Provides a full spectrum of health care services including health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, palliative and end-of-life care.
NURS 5411Theory & Concepts Across Life4
NURS 5412Adv Practice Nursing Theory I4
NURS 5413Adv Practice Nurs Practicum I4
NURS 5414Adv Practice Nursing Theory II4
NURS 5415Adv Practice Nur Practicum II4
NURS 5616Int Psyc-Mental Health Pract6
Total Semester Credit Hours26