Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Nursing Certificate Apart?


Acquire the specialized skills and experiences to provide mental health services for a diverse population of patients, across their lifespans. Offered in a convenient online format, the part-time Post-Graduate Certificate program allows you to complete required coursework in as little as four semesters while continuing to work. Throughout the program, you’ll be guided by expert faculty with real-world experience in the field. Upon completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam.


As a 23 credit online program, you can earn your Psychiatric Mental Health Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate in as few as four semesters.


Gain an additional specialty as a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations of patients with psychiatric conditions.


In addition to flexible online coursework, you will benefit from the practical hands-on experience of clinical site visits where you will care for actual patients under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced nurses and physicians. A total of 504 clinical hours are required across the life-span.


Throughout the Post-Graduate Certificate program, you will receive practical instruction from faculty who are experts in the field of nursing. Your faculty mentors remain available and accessible to support and guide you online as well as in person.


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


Certificate in Nursing

A minimum of 23 credits is required.  Admission to the Post-Graduate Certificate program is available to certified licensed nurse practitioners, seeking licensure as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

Year 1


  • NUR 753 - Medication Management for Psychiatric Mental Health NP Theory/Practicum (3). *
  • NUR 780 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Theory (3).


  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3).
  • NUR 781 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Practicum (3).
  • NUR 782 - Clinical Practicum I (1). *

Year 2


  • NUR 750 - Advanced Practice Nursing with Families and Care of Psychiatric/Mental Health Community Needs (3).
  • NUR 790 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Theory (3).
  • NUR 792 - Clinical Practicum II (1). *


  • NUR 791 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Practicum (3).
  • NUR 793 - Clinical Practicum lll (1). *


*Students must complete a total of 2 credits from any combination of:

  • NUR 782 - Clinical Practicum I (1).
  • NUR 792 - Clinical Practicum II (1).
  • NUR 793 - Clinical Practicum lll (1).

Transfer Credit

Transfer/waiver of credits is not permitted for students who have been accepted into the Post-Graduate Certificate Program.

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

  • Completion of a Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science from a regionally 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 résumé
  • 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 one-two 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                
    • professional plans and career goals
    • Also, please describe any past achievements in nursing including:
      • professional organization memberships, 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.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required

*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 5:00 p.m. 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.