Post Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Capstone Certificate Program

College: Nursing
Departments: Nursing
Contact: Caroline Luscombe,, 608-263-5258


The purpose of the post graduate psychiatric nursing capstone certificate program is to prepare advanced practice nurses who are eligible to sit for national certification in psychiatric mental health practice. The option recognizes the role that advanced practice nurses play in helping to address the serious need for psychiatric mental health services. The emphasis of the program is on meeting the psychiatric mental health needs of individuals from rural and underserved populations.

The 16-credit program of study is completed over three regular semesters (fall-spring-fall) requiring 5-6 credits per semester and consists of three management courses (N726, N727, N826), a 1-credit psychopharmacology seminar, and 6 credits of clinical practicum experience (N728, N729, N828). Students complete a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practice in the program to be eligible to sit for certification.

Course Delivery Format and Clinical Experiences

Courses are delivered primarily in an online format that may include periodic face-to-face sessions. Clinical experiences may be arranged close to a student’s home community and include periodic face-to-face seminar sessions.

Admissions Requirements and Process

Applications are accepted for fall semester start only; the deadline for application is February 1. Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special student through the Division of Continuing Studies using the online application. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must submit additional materials to the School of Nursing for review.  For complete information on admission, visit

Contact Information

For information on admission, contact or 608-263-5180. For questions regarding the curriculum or schedule of courses, contact Caroline Luscombe,, 608-263-5258, or Program Director, Professor LD Oakley, or 608-263-5866.