Advanced Certificate-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

Dr.Program Overview

The Advanced Certificate Program offers the Masters or Doctorally prepared nurse the ability to continue graduate education to specialize in another clinical area. This 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 Advanced Certificate Program clinical specialties include Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Program credit requirements may vary depending upon program and previous graduate course level work.

Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Translate nursing’s discipline specific perspective, theory, and research-based evidence to inform clinical judgment as the foundation for the highest level of advanced practice. (Domain 1)
  • Synthesize advanced scientific knowledge with collaborative skills recognizing the intersectionality of multiple interdependent and social determinants of health, to design and deliver person-centered care that is holistic, respectful, just, evidenced-based and person-centered. (Domain 2)
  • Collaborative with traditional and non-traditional partners across settings to determine population-focused priorities, assess system’s capability in addressing population healthcare needs, and lead in the development of healthcare policies and practices for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes. (Domain 3)
  • Advance the scholarship of nursing by applying nursing's unique perspective to lead the translation of evidence into practice to provide optimal care and address health inequities, structural racism, and system inequity. (Domain 4)
  • Apply principles of improvement science to evaluate care quality and safety to design system improvements and health policies that minimize risk of harm to patients and providers for system effectiveness. (Domain 5)
  • Lead inter-professional communication and collaboration to facilitate integration of evidence-based strategies that improve processes within healthcare systems optimizing outcomes for diverse populations. (Domain 6)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to Optimize system effectiveness by leveraging care coordination, informatics processes and technologies to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. (Domain 7 & 8)
  • Model a resilient professional identity embodying accountability, perspective, ethical comportment and a collaborative disposition that is reflective of nursing’s mission to the individual, society and the profession. (Domain 9)
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and cognitive flexibility to promote environments that foster life-long learning, professional growth, self-care, well-being, and resilience; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership. (Domain 10)

  • Admission Requirements

  • Completed application which includes a personal essay
  • Maintenance of a current, unencumbered RN license for state or country of clinical practice
  • Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Unofficial transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • Minimum of one year's recent relevant experience (preferred)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Meet Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

  • Additional Requirements Upon Admission

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Certification of Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (BLS) w/AED
  • Evidence of meeting university health requirements
  • Evidence of Health Insurance
  • Evidence of student malpractice insurance
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • Technology 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. 

    Process for Clinical Experiences

    The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement. Please note that it is a Stony Brook Medicine policy that the School of Nursing is not permitted to pay for, approve, or participate in, a clinical placement arrangement for our students that requires payment of any type by the School, student or any other third party. 

    Course Progression Policy

    The credits needed to complete the 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 Advanced Certificate 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 22 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 4
    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
    Department Elective 2
      22 (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 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3

    The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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

    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

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