Multi-Campus PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate: FAQs

Please review these common questions about the Multi-Campus PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate.  If you have questions, you may contact Manager Shanna Abeloff.

If I am an APRN in a state other than California, what do I need to do to be prepared for this program?

A pre-requisite requirement for this program is a master of science degree with a NP, CNS, CNM or CRNA foundation and APRN licensure in California. The nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the state of California during the complete course of study.

What are the qualifications needed to apply to this program?

To qualify for admission, applicants need to be Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). APRNs include Nurse Practitioners (NP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM).

Can undergraduate courses in nursing apply toward the course requirements?

No, this is a post-master’s certificate program. All pre-requisite classes need to be graduate level classes.

Can I submit an unofficial transcript?

What is the cost of the program and are there opportunities for scholarships and other financial support?

Tuition and fees for the Post-Master's Certificate Program are posted on the bottom of the UCSF Office of the Registrar webpage, under "Supplemental Studies in Advance Practice in Nursing — Distance." Additionally, the School’s Student Funding Office manages scholarships and other financial support opportunities.

Who do I contact about financial aid?

Once you have been notified of your admission, you can reach out to the UCSF Student Financial Services office to apply.

What is the structure and schedule for the program?

The program is four quarters including an 11-month clinical internship. Classes and clinical rotations will require 2-4 days per week as students must complete at least 500 hours and meet competency requirements by the end of the program.

Classes will be online and will be held asynchronously and synchronously. Synchronous classes will be held via Zoom weekly.

Can I see a list of courses and the curriculum?

Is it feasible to continue to work while participating in the program?

While we understand that students may need to work during the program, your flexibility is of utmost importance. Your clinical site and preceptor may only be available on certain days, so it is up to you to accommodate your site and preceptor. We recommend that you limit employment to less than 20 hours per week during the program, due to your clinical training and the curricular demands. You can expect a rigorous graduate level didactic curriculum which will require your time and focus. A lack of flexibility on your part may result in delay in your clinical placement and ultimate completion of the program.

How many hours are required for clinical training?

Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours to complete this program. The clinical internship begins in February and requires 16-24 hours/week during the entire program. Students are required to be flexible and work around their preceptor’s schedule. Students will negotiate days and times with their identified preceptor.

Do I need to arrange my clinical placement myself?

No, clinical placements will be arranged and assigned by faculty in collaboration with the School of Nursing's Office of Clinical Placements.

What if I know of a placement or preceptor?

Faculty and staff welcome new placement leads and will do our best to work with you. We recommend that you reach out to Clinical Placement Coordinator, Shey Jamtsho at [email protected] for support. We will be coordinating and assigning students to preceptors and sites. In addition, for both Southern California and Inland/North coast regionally placements, UCSF collaborates with UCLA and UC Davis. With that said, because placements are arranged across California, we are always looking for leads and connections for potential site placements.

Can I do my clinical training at my current worksite?

Yes, in some cases, students may be allowed to train at an agency where they are employed. If you would like to consider this, please reach out to our Clinical Placement Coordinator Shey Jamtsho at [email protected].

Given the COVID-19 situation, how do you anticipate clinical rotations will happen?

We are working to ensure that all students have access to clinical training, which will allow you to meet program requirements. To that end we are in direct contact with clinical sites to confirm safe in-person clinical training or training via telehealth.

As a DNP or clinical nurse leader, would I qualify for this program?

Yes, AND you must also be an APRN (NP, CNS, CNM or CRNA) in the state of California to be admitted to the certificate program.

If I did not get my MSN, but instead did a BSN to DNP program, do I qualify for this program?

There is no requirement to earn an MS before a doctorate degree, however, our program requires that the applicant be an APRN (NP, CN, CNM, or CRNA). If the applicant’s DNP degree included APRN training that meets all qualifications for our post-master’s certificate program, the applicant would qualify for our program.

Should I apply to the two-year in-person PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate instead?

If you are not an APRN, you may consider applying to the UCSF two-year in-person PMHNP PM Certificate, which accepts post-master’s applicants who are not APRNs. Learn more

Can I apply to your program if I have a bachelor's degree in nursing or if I am a registered nurse with a non-nursing, bachelor's degree?

If applicants hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and are interested in pursuing a master's degree in psychiatric/mental health, please visit our Master of Science webpage.