PMHS Exam Eligibility

Learn about eligibility requirements

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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
  • Ready to apply? Click here. 
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

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 these certifications:

  • 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

    If you don’t have a master’s degree or above in nursing but you meet the following requirements, you may still apply if currently certified and licensed in the role/population foci described under #1 above and if educated prior to 1992 when a master’s degree in an advanced nursing practice role was not required.

      3. Practice Requirement - note 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 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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