PMHS Exam Eligibility

Learn about current and future eligibility requirements
PMHS Eligibility Update
See important details below on applicant requirements.

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.

 

June 2017 Announcement: Important Changes at a Glance

 

Applications for the May 2018 Testing Window and Beyond: Clinical Practice Hours and Education / CE

New: Within the past 3 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 1 graduate level DBMH course of at least 2 credits or 30 hours of DBMH CE.

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.
 

More details on the upcoming changes below!

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

 

Required for applications for the May 2018 Testing Window and beyond: 

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 3 years - optional tracking sheet

4. CE or Coursework Requirement

Required for applications for the May 2018 Testing Window and beyond: 

Either 1 graduate level DBMH course of at least 2 credits or 30 hours of DBMH CE in the past 3 years

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