does dual FNP/PMHNP exist?

  1. I've been looking around awhile and while it seems there used to be university programs scattered about the nation that offered both family NP and Psych NP certification, I can't find a single program now.

    Does anyone know if this combo of dual FNP/Psych certification exists anymore or is it that now the only option is to choose 1 over the other as your main and then return to school again for a post master's in the missing certification?

    Thanks, I tend to think long term and I want the broadest scope of practice possible with the various things I'm interested in
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  3. by   missdeevah
    Check out University of Iowa
  4. by   BirkieGirl
    Just keep in mind that for EVERY certification that you hold as a NP, you must also maintain the minimum practice hours SPECIFIC to that population every year (around 1000 hours per year). So if you are a FNP AND a PMHNP, you must see 1000 hours worth of work in EACH of those specialties each year, separately, to maintain your certifications.
  5. by   malenurse122879
    It's 1000 hours in a five year period. Only 200 hours per year (at least for AANP which is FNP-C)
  6. by   Lanntis
    Quote from missdeevah
    Check out University of Iowa
    Thanks missdeevah, they do seem to have a dual program if one were to go all the way to DNP. Definitely something to look into.
  7. by   Lanntis
    Quote from malenurse122879
    It's 1000 hours in a five year period. Only 200 hours per year (at least for AANP which is FNP-C)
    Thanks for the clarification on that , is there a common way that dual fnp/pmnh keep their stuff all current without much hassle? I know many NP seem to have this dual combination.

    I won't need to work 2 jobs in two different worlds will I? Shouldn't FNP hours always be counted in psych populations since you work with any age group and there's often comorbidities between mental health issues and the rest of the body? It just seems smart to me if someone had both skills in family and also psych. They fit so natural.
    Last edit by Lanntis on Mar 20 : Reason: Grammar and spelling.
  8. by   BirkieGirl
    a DNP colleague of mine has both certifications- is NOT AANP- and is required to maintain current status of 1000 hours in each certification yearly. she works half time in a primary care practice (owned by my employer) and half time in an outpatient detox center. she directed me to my state board of nursing to get the info directly from them when I was considering trying the same two certifications. it could be that it varies by state?
  9. by   malenurse122879
    Not sure if it state matters or not, but I checked ANCC (FNP-BC) just now and they also require 1000 hours in a 5 year period. Just go to either certification committee's site and check renewal requirements - both are 1000 over 5 years. Not sure about the MH side though.
  10. by   msteeleart
    I am interested in the dual FNP/PMHNP certification also.
  11. by   Skippingtowork
    Quote from BirkieGirl
    a DNP colleague of mine has both certifications- is NOT AANP- and is required to maintain current status of 1000 hours in each certification yearly. she works half time in a primary care practice (owned by my employer) and half time in an outpatient detox center. she directed me to my state board of nursing to get the info directly from them when I was considering trying the same two certifications. it could be that it varies by state?
    Fulfillment of certification requirements are not related to state boards, just the certifying body. State boards may require that you be certified in order to be licensed, but everyone has the same requirements according to their certifying board.

    ANCC: 7. Practice Hours (**NEW**) Practice hours must be completed within the five years preceding the date on your renewal application submission; a minimum of 1,000 practice hours in your specialty is required.

    AANP: Option 1: Recertify by CE and Clinical Practice Hours
    • Minimum 1,000 hours of clinical practice in the nurse practitioner role appropriate for the population of certification.
    • Minimum 100 hours of advanced CE applicable to the population focus.
    • 25 of the 100 CE hours must be advanced practice pharmacology credits.
    • Precepting of a NP or interdisciplinary student at the advanced health care professional level may be used at a conversion rate of up to 120 preceptor hours, not-to-exceed 25 non-pharmacology credits.
    • Hold current RN licensure during the period of certification.
    • Applicable graduate coursework is acceptable for continuing education, is subject to approval, and must be accompanied by a copy of a transcript.
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) coursework is not accepted for CE credit.
    • [COLOR=#000000]Meet all requirements [/COLOR]within[COLOR=#000000] the current 5-year period of certification[/COLOR]
    • Hope this helps. These requirements are easy to meet and there are other options for maintaining certifications. I only posted the practice requirements

  12. by   jmnurse09
    Look at University of Alabama.
  13. by   Lanntis
    Quote from jmnurse09
    Look at University of Alabama.
    That's a good find! Shame that only Alabama and Mississippi residents are allowed into their dual NP program though.
  14. by   Yemaja
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center Dual DNP in FNP/PMHNP program length is 3 years

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