Addressing the Child Mental Health Crisis

There’s never been a more critical time to earn PMHS certification

Take the next step for child mental health

Children, teens, and families need your help more than ever. Respected organizations have declared a national state of emergency for child mental health. As a family or pediatric nurse practitioner, you are in a unique position to combat the epidemic. 
With significant shortages of specialty behavioral and mental health providers, children and adolescents need greater access to care.

  • Does part of your day involve activities that contribute to screening, assessment, and health promotion of developmental, behavioral, and mental health (DBMH) conditions?
  • Are you case-finding, diagnosing, and providing early or ongoing management of common DBMH conditions in primary care?

If so, you may be eligible for the Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) exam. Past candidates report that studying for the exam has helped them identify gaps in knowledge, address those gaps, and feel more confident in their practice. 

The PMHS certification has advanced my professional recognition and helped me take the care of my patients to the next level.
-Jessica A.N. Fett, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, PMHS

Red button reading number one "How do I become eligible for this certification?"

Explore eligibility including what content counts for hours to meet criteria.  We offer 3 eligibility pathways.

Red button reading number two "How do I prepare for this exam?"

Get resources to prepare for the exam including the content outline/test blueprint and an optional practice test. 

Red button reading number three "How are others using their PMHS credential in practice?"

See PMHS success stories of how PMHSs use this certification. 

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Choose between 4 month-long testing windows each year. Choose between live remote proctoring or traditional in-person testing at Prometric centers. And if you are not successful on your first attempt, you receive a free retake in the next available testing window.

Questions? Contact so we can help. 


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