UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate


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With California facing an urgent and growing shortage of mental health professionals, the UCSF School of Nursing, in collaboration with the UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing, has launched new remote-access training that will prepare 300 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) over five years.

The first remote-learning, post-master’s certificate of its kind in California, this training is being launched at a time when a shortfall in mental health providers has become widespread across California. Over 50% of people with mental illness in the state are not receiving psychiatric care, and many communities in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire have only half as many psychiatrists as other parts of the state.

The Multi-Campus PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate training is a 12-month hybrid that combines remote-access education with three in-person sessions and regional clinical training across California. Students can stay in their communities to complete their training.

Upon completion of this training, students will sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center national certification to become a PMHNP.

Schedule and Application Deadline

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCSF, UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing have postponed the start date for the new online post-master’s certificate option for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to January 2021 (pending final approval by the UCSF Graduate Division).

We received high interest from many well qualified applicants during the first application cycle and we plan to increase admissions for the January 2022 cohort. Eligible applicants, including those who did not receive admission this year, are strongly encouraged to apply during the next application cycle. We are developing a new application that will be available soon. Please check back as we will update the website as soon as the application is available. In the meantime, we encourage you to begin working on your application, such as by reaching out to your recommenders, writing your personal statement, and contacting past educational institutions for transcripts.

For January 2022 Entry
Application Deadline

Applications open soon. Please check back for updates. Applications will close March 1, 2021.

Classes Begin January 2022
Classes End December 2022

Admissions Requirements

Who Can Apply

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure in California. Nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the state of California during the complete course of study.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including any programs in which you are currently enrolled
  • Goal statement
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers (minimum TOEFL score of 92, minimum ILTS score of 7)

Required Prerequisite Coursework

  • Advanced (Lifespan) Physical Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Nutrition (for non-NPs)

The following external institutions offer non-matriculated courses:

Frequently Asked Questions

For more details about the certificate program and admissions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


The Multi-Campus PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate curriculum is competency based and aligned with the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) core and population specific competencies which include: scientific foundations, leadership, quality, practice inquiry, technology and information literacy, policy, health delivery system and ethics. The curriculum is built upon a framework which supports trainee knowledge, skills, and attitude for development of the PMHNP role. This is supported through didactic content and a workplace-based clinical internship. The curricular framework and descriptions are:

  • PMHNP role development: To build excellence in practice as a PMHNP
  • Interprofessional collaboration: To support communication and collaboration across professions
  • Structural competency: To create healthcare citizens who understand the effect of social inequity, racism and limited access to mental health care on individuals and communities
  • Self-reflective practice: To gain awareness of self, other and situation in the context of professional identity and role development

Review the curriculum plan.


Tuition and fees for the Post-Master's Certificate Program are posted on the UCSF Office of the Registrar website, under "Supplemental Studies in Advance Practice in Nursing."

To support you through your academic studies, the School’s Student Funding Office manages scholarships and other financial support opportunities.

Request Information or Apply Now

Please carefully review the admissions requirements and additional information. If you have questions, you may contact Manager Shanna Abeloff.

If you are ready to apply, start your application through the UCSF Graduate Division’s Application Portal.