Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practice Test
Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners can work in a variety of settings to care for mental health patients of all ages. After completing the requisite academic program and training, candidates are able to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam to become certified.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
To be eligible to take the exam, you will need a valid registered nurse license, graduate degree (master’s or higher) from a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner academic program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) with at least 500 clinical hours.
What is the Application Process?
You can apply anytime either by submitting an application online or via mail. You will need to submit official transcripts with your application and take the exam within 90 days of receiving your exam authorization.
What is the Exam Fee?
The fee to take the Psychiatric and mental health nurse certification exam is $395 for non-members and $295 for members of the American Nurses Association.
What Is the Exam Format?
The exam is delivered via computer and offered year-round at authorized testing centers. You will have four hours to complete the 200 questions that make up the exam. Your score will be based on 175 of the questions. The additional 25 questions are evaluated as pretest questions. They are distributed randomly throughout the exam so you must answer every question. There is no penalty for an incorrect answer. It cannot hurt to guess if you’re not sure which answer is correct.
How Is the Exam Scored?
You will receive your test results at the test center immediately after completing the test. Results are reported as pass or fail. In cases of failure, score reports include information on performance on each content area of the exam.
What Do You Need on Exam Day?
You will need valid identification with photo and signature. You may not bring any personal items into the test center. This includes cell phones or any electronic devices, purses, bags, notebooks, calculators, food, and water. You should plan to arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time. You will have time to become familiar with the computer system prior to the start of the exam.
What is the Content of the Exam?
Exam questions are distributed across the following domains:
Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (29%)Questions in this domain will evaluate your knowledge and skills in:
- Advanced anatomy, physiology, and neurobiology, including the ability to understand the changes that accompany pathologies and interpreting diagnostic assessment results
- Advanced pharmacology and psychopharmacology, including understanding how pharmacologic agents work and their treatment applications in mental health patients
- Advanced health assessment, including how to conduct a complete physical exam and health assessment and understand how they apply to mental health
- Epidemiology and risk analysis, including understanding the prevalence of disorders across population groups and the risk factors that contribute to mental health disorders
- Patient-centered care, including understanding how a patient’s history, background, preferences, and lifestyle can be applied to inform treatment
- Psychotherapy, including how to choose evidenced-based treatment and psychotherapies
Professional Role and Policy (40%)Questions in this domain will evaluate your knowledge and abilities relating to:
- Leadership, including professionalism, advocacy, collaboration, communication, and innovation
- Using evidence-based methods to improve quality of care and create a culture of excellence and safety
- Applying research-backed practices to improve health outcomes
- Understanding the role of health policy in practice and the importance of advocating for greater access to quality, cost-effective care and of reducing the effect of stigma on mental health treatment
- Appropriate uses of information technology and the ability to translate technical information to guide decision making
- Understanding and applying organizational practices to improve care
- Understanding and applying current regulations, ethical guidelines, and standards to guide care decisions
Independent Practice Competencies (31%)
- Questions in this domain will evaluate your understanding of and abilities relating to:
- Health promotion and disease prevention, including risk assessment and the selection of appropriate targeted prevention activities
- Advanced psychiatric and mental health assessment, including the selection and application of appropriate screening and diagnostic tools and knowledge of current diagnostic criteria
- Choosing and implementing evidence-based treatment modalities that meet current standards of care to treat and manage disorders and symptoms, including the handling of psychiatric emergencies and the use of both pharmacotherapies and alternative treatment
What’s the Best Way to Prepare for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam?
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