Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Certificate)

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The post Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing is designed as a specialty within graduate nursing education to include programming that will assist a student to acquire advanced knowledge and clinical skills to provide best practice and comprehensive care to clients across the lifespan. The course work and practicum will focus on a range of mental health care needs of individuals and families whether in outpatient, inpatient or private practice settings. The foundation for advanced practice is focused on content included in core courses in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapuetics and health assessments.

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About the Program

  • 18 PMHNP practice courses + 3 Capstone requirement
  • $589.43 per credit hour


Required PMHNP Practice Courses Credit Hours
NURS 6260: Theoretical Diagnostics for Mental and Substance Use Disorders 2
NURS 6261: Clinical Diagnostics for Mental and Substance Use Disorders 2
NURS 6475: PMHNP 1: Diagnosis and Management across the Lifespan 4
NURS 6476: PMHNP 2: Diagnosis and Management across the Lifespan 4
NURS 6620: PMHNP 3: Clinical Therapeutics/Preceptorship 6
Capstone Requirement 3
NURS 7303: Evidence‐Based Clinical Capstone Project 3
Total graduate hours for degree: 21

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Summer I
Application Deadline March 1

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-882-6552 or 956-665-3661 or email

Review and submit all program requirements:

  • Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Practitioner.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Successful completion of graduate‐level courses in physical assessment, pharmacotherapuetics and pathophysiology.
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas. 
  • Criminal background check.
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Eloisa Tamez
Phone: (956)882-5079