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George Mason University

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

For questions about the program and admissions process, contact:

Victoria Hough

Dr. Cheryl Oetjen
Term Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean for MSN and DNP Concentrations

Cheryl Oetjen

Program Overview

This certificate prepares students for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) role through formal study in the theory and practice of advanced practice psychiatric nursing in a variety of practice settings within the health care delivery system. Graduates will be eligible for prescriptive authority and will have the potential to perform a variety of mental health services, including medication management and psychotherapy. Course and practice content focus on the assessment and management of serious mental illness.

Graduates of the FPMHNP post-master’s certificate are eligible to sit for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national certification examination given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission Requirements

Check Mason's online catalog for admission requirements. Additional information is available on the Graduate Admissions for Nursing Programs site [NEED LINK].

Certificate Requirements

Candidates must have 21 graduate credits and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C to earn the certificate.

View catalog information for Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Graduate Certificate.

View a sample schedule (pdf).


Family Psychiatric Mental Health is a growing area for nurse practitioners interested in working with people across the lifespan on their mental health needs.  These specialized practitioners work in clinics, mental health units in hospital, nursing homes, private practice, and mental health-specific treatment centers. 

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