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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Earn a graduate degree or certificate that addresses the behavioral needs of Michigan’s residents, while helping to fill a shortage of qualified professionals throughout the state.

The program prepares nurses with knowledge and skills in areas of mental health promotion, mental illness, and substance use disorder prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and patient education in the care of individuals across the lifespan. Students experience a unique balance of neuroscience, advanced psychopharmacology, psychological theory and application, and evidence-based practice.

The program is led by Dr. Dawn Goldstein, who has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse and several years of experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As a current member of the United States Army Reserves, she has served our country for almost a decade.

Our program is currently offering stipends to eligible students. Learn more here.



"I have learned so much from Dr. Goldstein regarding mental health disorders and the dysfunctions in neurocircuitry that contribute to these disorders. This certification will allow me to increase access to mental health services for patients who have barriers to obtaining this much-needed healthcare service."

— Robbyn Smith, DNP student

"This program will benefit me professionally by preparing me to sit for the national examination to practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. There are not enough psychiatric and mental health providers, especially ones who see children with Medicaid. I want to specialize in working with children and adolescent population. This program will help bridge the gap that mental health community needs."

—Kimberley Krummrey, Post-Graduate Certificate student