Health & Wellness

New Psychiatric Mental Health Concentration Available

In response to an increasing local and national demand for mental health services and support, Clarke University is proud to announce the addition of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration to their nationally recognized Doctor of Nursing Practice program. An 18-credit standalone certificate is also available for those who have earned their DNP previously.

This certification provides the knowledge and skillset required to excel in the high-demand areas of advanced psychiatric therapy, clinical management, and prescribing psychiatric prescriptions. Most of the concentration can be completed online, with only two courses requiring face-to-face instruction. Coursework includes psychiatric assessment and symptom management, psychopharmacology, ethics, and individual, group, and family therapy, as well as hundreds of hours of clinical experience.

The program also offers a flexible timeline. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate can be completed in as little as 18 months for those with a DNP or earned as a concentration within the full Doctor of Nursing Practice in 3-5 years. Concentrations in Family and Health Leadership Practice are also available.

To learn more about the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, please visit You may also direct any questions to Admissions Counselors at or by phone at (563) 588-6316.

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