Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's Certificate
At Saint Louis University, future family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners learn to apply the nursing process and medical/medication management to promote optimal mental health while engaging in active, ongoing collaboration with clients, their families, significant others, and the interprofessional team.
Students pursuing the family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program at SLU work with children, adolescents and adults of all ages with acute or complex mental health needs or psychiatric diagnoses. SLU's family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program encourages evidence-based, culturally sensitive, recovery-oriented and holistic care.
Saint Louis University's post-master's nurse practitioner certificate programs are conducted almost completely online, requiring only two visits to the St. Louis campus.
A minimum of 15 credits is required for completion of a post-master's nurse practitioner certificate program. The total number of credits varies, depending on the particular certificate pursued.
At the Valentine School of Nursing’s discretion, students may transfer three to six credits of graduate-level coursework to be applied toward their post-master's certificate program of study.
Student files are individually reviewed and may be able to petition for advanced standing in courses such as “Advanced Health Assessment,” “Advanced Pathophysiology” and “Advanced Pharmacology.”
Upon completion of the post-master's N.P. certificate program, you will qualify to take certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Saint Louis University Valentine School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University’s and School’s mission and goals. While we do consider academic metrics we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.
The curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the State of Missouri. Note that the Missouri Board of Nursing may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license; we encourage you to investigate these requirements. The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing (TBVSON) has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for nursing licensure in any other states or territories. However, graduates of our APRN programs are eligible to sit for National Board Certification Exams in all states and territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at TBVSON.
Saint Louis University Valentine School of Nursing accepts applications to its Master of Science in Nursing program from students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- A master's degree in a nursing specialty, preferably from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency
- A college cumulative grade point of 3.20 or higher
- Completion of a graduate-level physiology or pathophysiology course and a beginning health assessment course, or the equivalent thereof
- Experience in an advanced practice role in nursing is preferred
- Proof of completion of an American heart care provider course is required after acceptance.
- Post-master's NP certificate application and fee
- One letter of recommendation
- Professional goal statement
- Copy of current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done.
Requirements for International Students
International students on F1 or J1 student visas are not eligible for admission, as these programs are conducted entirely online. For additional information, contact the Office of International Services.
Application for admission and all supporting documents must be received by May 1 for the fall semester and August 1 for the spring semester.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students. Additionally, most nursing students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.
The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations of greater St. Louis.
- Graduates will be able to implement collaborative strategies to provide ethical, high quality, safe, effective, patient-centered care.
- Graduates will be able to use scholarly inquiry including evidence-based practice and research application to improve decision-making and health outcomes.
- Graduates will be able to integrate advanced competencies, skills, theories, and cultural sensitivity in relationships with patients and professionals.
- Graduates will be able to design culturally sensitive patient care that includes health promotion and disease prevention.
- Graduates will be able to facilitate the improvement of health care through leadership within health care systems and communities.
- Graduates will be able to demonstrate competence in a specialized area of advanced practice nursing that builds on foundational nursing knowledge.
- Graduates will be able to utilize health care informatics and technologies to support practice.
- Graduates will be able to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
|Students must complete (or may transfer) in the following courses:|
|Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition †|
|Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making|
|Clinical & Diagnostic Reasoning|
|Principles of Practice Management †|
|NURS 5340||Advanced Clinical Studies I: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing||4|
|NURS 5350||Advanced Clinical Studies II: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing||5|
|NURS 5400||Ecological Approach to Human Behavior||3|
|NURS 5510||Mental Health Care Family||2|
|NURS 5550||Family and Child Development||3|
|NURS 5810||Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum||4|
May be waived for post‐MSN students who are already NPs depending on the experience and time since relevant course content. Will be required of an NP Post‐MSN certificate student if the student’s clinical experience is not current or the specialty is not primary care or adult‐gerontological acute care.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.