The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program is available for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates who would like to gain further knowledge in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing of family. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study.

The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program prepares graduates to function independently and collaboratively with health care team members to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk. Graduates are eligible for certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and for state licensure/certification where available.

Program Basics and Deadlines 

  • Entry Term: Spring 2019 (January)
    • Length of Program: 3 semesters
    • Application Opens: February 1, 2018
    • Deadline: August 1, 2018


Application Portal

Applications for this program must be submitted through NursingCAS at  Simply create an account, search for this program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online. 

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications.  Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from regionally-accredited institutions
    • Degrees in nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited programs are preferred.
    • A nurse practitioner (NP) track within the Master’s program is preferred.
    • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s Registrar directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.”  To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in “Academic History.”
    • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended in the “Colleges Attended” section under “Academic History” even if no degree was awarded.
    • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the “Additional Requirements for International Transcripts” section below. International degrees must be equivalent to those in the U.S.

  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

  3. Minimum prerequisite coursework
    • Applicants must have at least three credits of graduate-level coursework in each of the following areas:
      • Advanced Pathophysiology
      • Advanced Pharmacology
      • Advanced Physical/Health Assessment
    • Each of these courses must have been completed within the past 5 years
  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing
    • At least one reference from an academic source.
    • Complete the "References" section to request electronic recommendations.

  5. Statement of professional goals
    • Discuss the reasons for applying to the Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program at the University of Miami and how it fits into personal, educational, and professional goals.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Personal Statement.”

  6. Current CV/resume
    • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer activities, licensures and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic experiences.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “CV/Resume.”

  7. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the State of Florida
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “License.”

  8. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
    • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification.”


Interviews may be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty.  Interviews may be in person or via telephone or webcam.  Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the “Documents” tab under “Other.”


Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

Applicants (international and domestic) who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must request a course-by-course degree evaluation, complete with degree equivalency and GPA calculation information, by submitting all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the following approved evaluation services:

Copies of all official transcripts and diplomas must be included by the evaluation company when the evaluation is sent to NurisngCAS.

Applicants who use JS&A or WES can request their completed evaluations be sent electronically to NursingCAS to post to their application.  Students who choose to send their complete evaluation to NursingCAS by mail must request it be sent directly by the evaluation company to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Note: Any foreign documents received by the School of Nursing and Health Studies become the property of the University of Miami and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including third party evaluation services.


Additional Requirements for Applicants for whom English is not the Native Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores directly to the following address: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 248153, Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850.

Note: Students whose native language is not English but who attended and earned a degree from a regionally-accredited higher education institution in the United States are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.


Additional Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the SONHS per application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission as outlined in the admission letter.  The deposit will be applied to tuition in students’ first semester of study.

Admission is contingent upon completion of all requirements outlined in the Certificate of Admission.  This includes a mandatory online pre-immersion course, valid immunizations, a negative drug test, and clearance of an FBI background check, among others.  Clinical rotations are a component of the nursing program and require that students have a background report without any infractions.  If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, his/her offer of admission will be rescinded.

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Faculty of the SONHS reserve the right to waive any requirement or request additional information at any time.