Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate

How to Get In

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Master’s degree from an accredited nursing program
  • RN license
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse or eligible to apply for certification as an advanced practice nurse
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in advanced assessment across the lifespan, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics prior to starting the certificate


Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate students follow the capstone certificate tuition schedule. Select “Capstone Certificates” under the Choose a Program dropdown. Note: Wisconsin residents and non-residents are charged different rates.

Students in this certificate program are not eligible for School of Nursing assistantships or scholarships. Students may be eligible for scholarships through the Adult Career and Special Student Services Office within the Division of Continuing Studies.

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  • Application opens: Early September
  • Application deadline: December 1. All materials, including transcripts, must be received by the deadline.
  • Applications reviewed: DecemberFebruary
  • Notification of admission decision: March
  • Program start date: The program begins with the summer session.

Review of Applications

We conduct a holistic review of all application materials. Regardless of experience level, ideal candidates possess a desire to improve their ability to deliver complex care and expand their knowledge and understanding of the specialty. We also look for candidates who are committed to providing care to underserved populations in need of services. Our program requires a significant time expenditure for clinical training and coursework, and we look for candidates who understand these demands and are prepared to make time in their schedules accordingly.

To Apply

Note: Read the Frequently Asked Questions tab for more guidance regarding application materials.

  1. Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special Student through the Division of Continuing Studies
    • Reason for Applying = Capstone Certificate
    • Program = Post Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Program (UNCS830)
  2. Seek three (3) letters of recommendation
  3. Submit the following materials:

Submit All Materials to:

PMHC Coordinator/Graduate Admissions
UW–Madison School of Nursing
Suite 1100 Cooper Hall
701 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53705

FAQs

Why is the Postgraduate Education Statement important?

This portion of the application is your opportunity to expand on your academic and professional background, as reflected in your transcript and CV, and to share your motivation and goals for pursuing postgraduate education.

The statement also provides evidence of your ability to communicate your ideas in writing.

What should the Postgraduate Education Statement contain?

Your statement should address the following topics and be limited to 1,000 words or less.

1. Your interest in postgraduate education. Questions you might address:

    • Why is postgraduate education important to you at this point in your career?
    • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
    • Do you have past professional experiences that will motivate or frame this educational experience?

2. Your preparation for successful achievement of our program learning outcomes. Questions you might address:

    • How will your learning style impact your success in our program?
    • Will distance be an important factor to you?
    • Have you identified a support network?

3. Your potential to make major contributions to the specialty. Questions you might address:

    • How will your completion of this program affect your workplace and patient care?
    • How will you interact with and support other psychiatric care providers?
    • What is your anticipated scope of impact—for example, your home community, the academic community, or perhaps even the global community?

What do I need to know about getting letters of recommendation?

It is very important that you select appropriate recommenders.

  • Your recommenders should be qualified to comment on your ability to succeed academically in this program as well as professionally as an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
  • We advise that you seek recommendations from individuals who understand the demands and rigor of graduate education in nursing. At least one recommendation letter should be completed by a nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree.
  • Make it as easy as possible for your recommenders. Provide them with a copy of your resume and a draft of your Postgraduate Education Statement so they can better address your interests and background. Instruct your recommenders to write the letters on letterhead, if possible.

Do you require the GRE?

No. We do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

I live out of state. Do I need a Wisconsin nursing license to apply for the program?

No. However, you will need a Wisconsin nursing license if your clinical placements are in Wisconsin.

Do I need to submit a transcript from UW–Madison?

No. We can obtain transcripts for all coursework completed at UW–Madison.

I have applied to the same program in the past. Do I need to submit transcripts again?

Yes. You need to submit a new set of official transcripts for each application to the School of Nursing.

Connect with Program Staff

Kate Beggs

Graduate Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator

katherine.beggs@wisc.edu

608-263-5183

Mandi Moy

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

mandi.moy@wisc.edu

608-263-5261

Kristi Wickler

Graduate Academic Services Coordinator

kristi.hammond@wisc.edu

608-263-5258