PMHN Practice Test
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse’s play a very important part in our health care system. They assess patients who battle mental illness and develop plans to help them. To succeed in this field, candidates need a certification that shows you have the necessary training and skills to treat patients who suffer from mental health illnesses. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has developed a certification exam for registered nurses who want to enter this field. As with all tests, there are certain things you should know, and this guide provides answers to some of the questions you may have.
Who is eligible to take the Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing board certification examination?
You’re eligible to take the PMHN exam if you meet these requirements:
- Hold a RN license in the United States or equivalent from another country
- Have a minimum of two-years of experience (or its equivalent) as a full-time RN
- Have at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice (in the last three years) in psychiatric–mental health nursing
- Completed 30 hours of continuing education, within the last three years, in psychiatric–mental health nursing
OK. I meet the requirements. How do I register to take the test?
You can apply online to take the exam. You may apply anytime during the year, and take the test within a 90-day testing window.
What if I need to reschedule the exam?
You can request a one-time extension to take the test in a new testing window. There is a $100 re-assignment fee.
Where do I take the test?
There are hundreds of test centers across the United States, so one should be convenient to you.
How much does it cost to take the Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing board certification examination?
Costs vary. Here are the fees:
- American Nurses Association member: $270
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association member: $282
- International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: $340
- Non-member: $395
What if I need to cancel my test?
You may request a cancellation within your testing window. An administration fee ($140) and other fees are non-refundable.
How many questions are on the exam?
There are 175 total questions. Of those, 150 questions are scored and 25 pre-test questions are not.
What areas does the test cover?
The test covers four subject --- or domain --- areas. The number in parenthesis represents the number of questions covered in each domain.
- Assessment, Diagnosis, and Planning (40 questions): Covers assessment tool techniques; knowledge of pathophysiology related to mental illness; Psychiatric disorders; care strategies; and more
- Implementation and Evaluation (50): Includes patient safety and risk reduction interventions, psychopharmacology, and more
- Nurse-Patient Relationship and Professional Development (41): Examines the nurse-patient relationship. That includes coping and defense mechanisms, and care system support.
- Patient Education and Population Health (19): Includes topics that cover teaching and learning for groups and individuals.
How long is the Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing board certification examination?
The exam is a total of 4 hours. You have 3.5 hours to take the test, with the rest of the time used for check-in, instruction and practice time on the computer used to take the test.
What identification do I need on the day of the exam?
Please bring one of these three items, and make sure they’re current (in other words, unexpired): A state-issued driver’s license; state-issued identification; passport; or U.S. military identification. If you do not bring acceptable ID to the testing center, you will not be allowed to take the test. Furthermore, you’ll be required to submit additional documentation and pay extra fees in order to reschedule.
Are there items I should not bring into the testing room?
Yes. All personal electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) are prohibited. If you use your cell phone or any other electronic device during testing, you will be dismissed from the examination. Other items, such as books, food, drink, water, and more, are prohibited as well. Additionally, eyeglasses will be inspected, and jewelry and other accessories are subject to visual inspection.
When will I get my test results?
You will get your test results at the testing center before you leave.
What if I fail? Can I take the Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing board certification examination again?
If you fail, you can take the test again by waiting 60 days and paying all associated fees. We may take the test up to three times in a 12-month period.
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