PMHS Exam Eligibility

Learn about current and future eligibility requirements
PMHS Eligibility Update
New! PNCB has expanded the timeframe in which required practice hours and CE/graduate coursework can be counted toward exam eligibility from 3 years to 5 years. See below for details. 

PMHS Exam Eligibility

Learn about eligibility requirements and any supporting documents before you apply.

  • Avoid application delays: Transcripts are required for all applicants, including those holding the CPNP credential. If you think PNCB already has your transcript on file, please confirm this by emailing transcripts@pncb.orgSee transcript requirements and address.
  • Have a disability covered by the ADA Act and will need accommodations during testing? Indicate your need for accommodations on the online application and promptly submit the Special Accommodations Form.
  • Not certified by PNCB? Documentation of current, active certification is required.  Email a copy of your certification wallet card or certificate to exam@pncb.org.

 

May 2019 Announcement: Expanded Timeframe for Required Hours and CE/Coursework to be Exam Eligible

Effective for applications beginning April 15, 2019: The PNCB Board of Directors has expanded the timeframe in which required practice hours and CE/graduate coursework can be counted toward exam eligibility. Consider using this tracking sheet for hours. 

Within the past 5 years, you must have completed:

  • a minimum of 2,000 hours of pediatric developmental, behavioral, and mental health (DBMH) clinical practice experience (with or without preceptor) while holding an APRN license and
  • either 30 hours of pediatric DBMH CE or 1 graduate level pediatric DBMH course of at least 2 credits.

Currently practicing APRNs who were certified and licensed prior to 1992 in the role/population foci described in Eligibility below but who do not have a Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing may apply for the November 2017 testing window and beyond.

Requirement Details

1. Licensure & Certification Requirement

Special note: If not certified by PNCB, documentation of current, active certification is required.  Email a copy of your certification wallet card or certificate to exam@pncb.org.

Current, active, unencumbered APRN license issued by a US state, US territory, or Canada, and current certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the role and population foci of one of the following:

  • Primary Care PNP (CPNP or PPCNP-BC)
  • FNP (FNP-BC or FNP-C)
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health CNS (PMHCNS-BC)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP [formerly Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC)]

2. Education Requirement

Graduation from an accredited college or university that offers a ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing master's or doctoral degree, or a post-master's certificate from an accredited college or university, with one of the following concentrations:

  • Primary Care PNP
  • FNP
  • Family Psychiatric NP
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric CNS
  • Child/Adolescent Mental Health CNS

Reminder:  If you don’t have a master’s degree or above in nursing but you meet the following requirements, you may still apply:

  • currently certified and licensed in the role/population foci described under #1 above
  • educated prior to 1992 when a master’s degree in an advanced nursing practice role was not required

3. Practice Requirement - note new expanded timeframe to count hours

 

A minimum of 2,000 hours of pediatric developmental, behavioral, and mental health (DBMH) clinical practice experience (with or without preceptor) while holding an APRN license in the past 5 years - optional tracking sheet

4. CE or Coursework Requirement - note new expanded timeframe to count earned CE or credits

Either 30 hours of pediatric DBMH CE or 1 graduate level pediatric DBMH course of at least 2 credits in the past 5 years

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