UC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program
A collaborative effort of the UC Schools of Nursing
With California facing an urgent and growing shortage of mental health professionals, the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing collaborated with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UCSF School of Nursing, and UCLA School of Nursing to launch a new online program to prepare new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) in California.
This multicampus, PMHNP postgraduate certificate program is the first of its kind in California. Its training will increase the mental health providers workforce at a time when the shortfall continues to grow across California. Over 50% of people with mental illness in the state are not receiving psychiatric care, and many communities, especially those located within rural and inland areas, have only half as many psychiatrists as other parts of the state.
This UC PMHNP postgraduate certificate is a 12-month hybrid program that combines online education with three immersion sessions and regional clinical training across California. Often, students remain in their communities to complete their clinical training.
For the first three UC PMHNP classes, from 2021-23, program admission was led by the UCSF School of Nursing. Beginning with the cohort enrolling in June 2024, students will apply through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Guided by the school’s core values of leadership development, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology, the UC PMHNP Certificate Program takes 12 months (four consecutive quarters including one summer) to complete.
Core courses are offered summer, fall, winter and spring quarters virtually through UC Davis. Students typically attend class virtually Monday through Friday and should expect that some quarters they must complete courses and clinical experiences during evenings and weekends. See an example course listing.
Still have questions? For additional assistance, the fastest way to get answers about admissions requirements and the application process is to email HS-BettyIreneMooreSON@ucdavis.edu. You can also sign up for our UC PMHNP Certificate Program email group to receive periodic stories, videos and other program information.