Post-Master's Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Admission Requirements

  1. An unencumbered, active California RN license. A current copy of the license must be submitted in the admission packet. Status needs to appear in CA.gov Breeze system.
  2. MSN or DNP degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants do not need to be an NP to apply.
  3. Two years of experience as a RN in the last 5 years. Must have Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment, 3 units each course. (These courses may be in process the first semester of the program, but must be completed prior to start of clinical courses).
  4. One to two years of psychiatric nursing experience strongly recommended for non-NP applicants.
  5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all master’s degree course work.
  6. Completion of the Vanguard University application.
  7. Official highest degree transcript from school of nursing attended.
  8. Two professional letters of recommendation from nursing professionals who can evaluate your performance (e.g., managers, supervisors, and academic faculty/not coworkers). No personal letters of recommendation will be accepted.
  9. A one-page written statement describing your professional goals as they relate to Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
  10. Current professional resume including: employment and educational experience,   professional or academic honors, and volunteer activities.
  11. Evidence of all required immunizations and report of a current physical exam (within one year of program application).
  12. A copy of AHA basic life support certification (BLS).
  13. An interview with the Director of Graduate Nursing, Graduate Faculty, or Program Director.
  14. All documents must be submitted to the Graduate Admission Office prior to scheduling an admission interview.
  15. Background check and immunization tracker system.*

*There may be additional clinical/health or other requirements/updates that need to be submitted prior to beginning practicum hours. All clinical/health requirements are to be uploaded in an immunization tracker system (contracted by the university).

Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Requirements  

PNSG-610Theories of Human Behavior2
PNSG-620Role of PMHMP in Psychological Assessment2
PNSG-630Inteventions and Mental Health Promotion Across the Lifespan5
PNSG-640Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Adults And Older Adults5
PNSG-650Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Children and Young Adults5
PNSG-660Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Select Populations5
Total Units24

Psych/Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Curriculum Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterUnits
PNSG-610 Theories of Human Behavior 2
PNSG-620 Role of PMHMP in Psychological Assessment 2
 Units4
Second Semester
PNSG-630 Inteventions and Mental Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 5
 Units5
Third Semester
PNSG-640 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Adults And Older Adults 5
 Units5
Second Year
First Semester
PNSG-650 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Children and Young Adults 5
 Units5
Second Semester
PNSG-660 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Select Populations 5
 Units5
 Total Units24