Program overview

Advance your career with the 100% online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Master’s Certificate. Beginning in the fall semester of 2022, this program will prepare experienced nurses who already have a master’s degree to take on a new specialty and expand their knowledge and scope of practice as a primary care provider. Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners have more opportunities for flexible work schedules and access to tele-health practice settings.

Growing demand for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically increased the need for mental health professionals. Developing your expertise in the psychiatric-mental health specialty will prepare you to advance your career. You’ll provide much needed access to psychiatric care and challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness.


median annual base salary for a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (American Association of Nurse Practitioners)


of all nurse practitioners in the United States are primarily certified in psychiatric-mental health (American Association of Nurse Practitioners)

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Program requirements

Students will take online classes focused on the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration. They will also complete clinical placements in order to achieve the concentration. Completion of the FNP certificate can prepare you to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification board.

Why choose Rider

  • Study 100% online
  • Flexible start dates
  • Supportive faculty who will evaluate your previous credentials and GPA to determine courses needed for your chosen path
  • Earn your certification in as little as five semesters
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University partnerships

Rider University is proud to partner with Capital Health and give back to healthcare workers by offering a tuition discount and additional benefits to eligible employees. Other partners include The State of New Jersey, Princeton Health (through the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber) and Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.

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Accreditation Statement

The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Rider University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


Lori Prol

Assistant Professor

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