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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) is an 18 unit one-year post-master’s program designed to prepare primary care nurse practitioners to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients throughout the life cycle.  This is a formally constructed program which includes 515 hours of faculty-supervised clinical experience and meets the requirements for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  To enhance access and provide flexibility, the program will be largely distance delivered via video conferencing, video streaming, Web-conferencing, and asynchronous computer-based applications. 


1. Master’s of Science in Nursing.

2.  Currently practicing as a primary care nurse practitioner, i.e. Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. 

3.  Valid California Nurse Practitioner license and furnishing number.

4.  Completion of course in Advanced Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology.     


You must complete 2 applications for the Graduate Nursing Program. Applications are open March 5th thru June 4th.

1. You must apply to the University as a graduate student. Click here to apply to the University.

2. You must apply to the School of Nursing. Visit the NursingCAS website to submit your application:

  • Complete and submit School of Nursing graduate program written essay. (Essay Instructions)
  • 1 letter of recommendation, uploaded into NursingCAS. (Letter Guidelines)
  • Have official copies of all transcripts sent to NursingCAS and the Graduate Admissions Office:

Graduate Admissions Office
Joyal Administration Building
5150 N. Maple M/S JA57
Fresno, Ca 93740-8026

All applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts and other supporting documents must be received by the University and the Program by June 4th.

Program of Study