The Division of Master's Nursing offers a Primary Care Nursing post-graduate certificate program with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization. An individual with a graduate degree in nursing from a regionally or nationally accredited nursing program may apply to complete a post-graduate certificate in a graduate nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program is online with onsite components. The focus of Psychiatric Mental Health is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice across the life-span. Opportunities for development of critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills are provided throughout the program through the guidance of university approved preceptors at clinical sites near their home.

This program is rapid and rigorous. While we understand the need for adults to continue working, students are encouraged to prioritize learning and professional growth. All classes are online, except five workshops for clinical orientation and the Advanced and Health Assessment course.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Provide care for diverse populations with psychiatric mental health needs.
  • Treat individuals with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare teams and community organizations to provide care for individuals with multiple health needs.
  • Serve as an advocate for vulnerable populations with psychiatric mental health conditions.
  • Address the spiritual needs of the psychiatric mental health patient/client.


Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing programs. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students accrue a minimum of 525 practicum hours, attend an onsite course in advanced health assessment and two intensives.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisites required to enter the post-graduate certificate with a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner are: completion of a graduate level Pathophysiology and Pharmacology course with a grade of B or higher. Students who do not meet one or more prerequisites are eligible to take the course(s) at IWU prior to beginning the program.

  • If more than 6 months have passed since the completion of these prerequisite courses, the applicant must provide proof of 500 hours of current APRN practice and current NP certification in the last year or achieve a passing score on the IWU provided competency exam.
  • Applicants must pass the IWU provided competency exam within two attempts or be required to take the pertinent courses(s) before being allowed to enroll in a nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program. A fee will be assessed for each competency exam.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

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