Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Program


Post Masters Advanced Certificate

Dr. SprungPsychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

Program Overview

The Post Masters Advanced Certificate Program offers the Masters prepared nurse, the ability to continue graduate education to specialize in another clinical area. This Post Masters Advanced Certificate Program reflects state and national requirements for certification, as well as national trends. This provides the student with eligibility to apply for New York State Certification as well as national certification in their specialty. The postmasters advanced certificate program clinical specialties include Family Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Health nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, and women's health nurse practitioner. Program credit requirements may vary depending upon program and previous graduate course level work.

Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences to improve nursing care across diverse settings. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate leadership by collaborating and consulting with key stakeholders in the design, coordination and evaluation of patient care outcomes. (Essential II)
  • Apply quality and safety principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent. (Essential III)
  • Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and interprofessional perspectives to improve practice and health outcomes for patient aggregates. (Essential IV)
  • Ethically utilize data, information and appropriate technology to evaluate and achieve optimal health outcomes. (Essential V)
  • Demonstrate political efficacy and competence to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes of populations. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems. (Essential VII)
  • Synthesize ecological, global and social determinants of health to design and deliver culturally relevant clinical prevention interventions and strategies. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement and lifelong learning. (Essential IX)

  • Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Master's degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Unofficial transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • Minimum of one year's recent relevant experience (preferred)
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Current professional Registered Nurse license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Three credit undergraduate course in Health Assessment
  • Three credit undergraduate course in Statistics
  • Meet all Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

  • Additional Requirements Upon Admission

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • Evidence of meeting all Stony Brook University and School of Nursing health requirements
  • Evidence of health insurance and RN/student nurse practitioner malpractice insurance
  • Certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) with AED
  • Technical Requirements
  • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for transfer equivalency credits by an accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES) 

    Graduates from this program will be eligible for certification and registration as a nurse practitioner by New York State Education Department and are also eligible for National Certification as ​a Psychiatric/Mental Health​ ​NP​ (across the lifespan). 

    The Stony Brook University School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation, regulatory and registration requirements. 

    Meeting clinical course requirements is dependent upon the availability of appropriate clinical sites and preceptors in a student’s region. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing cannot guarantee the availability of clinical sites and preceptors or the results of clinical contract/affiliation negotiations.

    Course Progression Policy

    The credits needed to complete the post masters advanced certificate program reflect state and national requirements for certification, as well as national trends. The credits reflect the precepted clinical hours necessary to complete the post masters program. 

    Graduates of Stony Brook's masters program will not be required to make up credits for courses already taken within the School of Nursing. A minimum of 21 credits is required for the certificate. Any student, however, may be required to take additional credits upon the recommendation of the faculty by advisement.


    Graduation Requirements   Credits

    HNG 517 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I 4
    HNG 527 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II 5
    HNG 537 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing III 5
    HNG 547 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing IV 5
    HNG 551 Psychopharmacology 2
      21 (minimum)

    Graduation Requirements By Individual Advisement (Gap Analysis)
    HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation 3
    HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies 3
    HNH 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy 2
    HNG 515 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    HNG 540 Clinical Pharmacology 3
    HNG 588 Clinical Pathobiology 3

    Students are prepared to sit for the following national certification exam:

    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

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