Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Nursing Certificate Apart?

  • Admission to the Post-Graduate Certification program is available to certified licensed nurse practitioners, seeking licensure as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 
  • The certificate program is designed to educate nurse practitioners in an additional specialty to manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations of patients with psychiatric conditions across the life span.
  • The post-graduate certificate program is a 20 credit part-time program which can be completed in four semesters.
  • Courses are delivered in a distance learning (online) format designed to enable students to continue working while they complete the requirements. In addition, clinical courses may require site visits that are determined by the clinical instructor.
  • Students arrange clinical courses in their own area, to gain practical experience in a convenient location.

  • In the certificate program, you will receive practical instruction from faculty who are experts in the field of nursing.
  • As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students in their research.
  • This program will prepare psychiatric nurse practitioners to care for patients across the lifespan.
  • Upon completion of the Nursing Certificate, Nurse Practitioners are eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam

The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at University of Michigan – Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.



Admission Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Completion of a Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States 
  • Current unencumbered license as a nurse practitioner 
  • Current certification as a nurse practitioner in a specialty other than psychiatric mental health


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current Nursing License (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Copy of NP License
  • Copy of NP Certification
  • Professional Goal Statement* describing your career objectives and areas of clinical interest. The statement should be a 1-2 page typewritten document that describes your reasons for pursuing the Graduate Nursing Certificate and should reflect a strong sense of career direction.

The statement should relate past experiences to advancing a career in nursing. Include your:          

  • purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study        
  • reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint         
  • research interests         
  • professional plans and career goals

Please describe any past achievements in nursing including any:          

  • professional organization memberships or positions          
  • awards          
  • scholarships          
  • nominations          
  • certifications         
  • committee/project work          
  • other accomplishments you wish to include

You also may  explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on any scholarly publications, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history

Three recommendations are required from any combination of the following sources:

  • Faculty from a recent nursing program
  • A supervisor in an employment setting
  • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO.

*Not required of UM-Flint MSN or DNP current students or graduates.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5pm on the day of the application deadline:

  • Winter: November 1

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here.  The final deadlines for international students is September 1 for the winter semester.

Enrollment Deposit

If you are selected for admission to the certificate program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.