Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Exam (PMHNP-BC)
Formerly known as Family Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, this exam allows Nurse Practitioners to become Board Certified to work in a variety of settings and care for mental health patients of all ages. You must complete the requisite academic program and training, candidates are able to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam to become certified. Below, you will find all you need to review and prep for the PMHNP exam. Have you already failed the PMHNP? It’s okay, there are second chances, and we guarantee that–with our help– you won’t fail a second time!
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 175 questions that make up the exam. Your score will be based on 150 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.
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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?
PMHNP Exam questions are distributed across the following five domains:
- Scientific Foundation 20% of your total score – 30 questions total
- Advanced Practice Skills 25% of your total score – 38 questions total
- Diagnosis and Treatment 25% of your total score – 37 questions total
- Psychotherapy and Related Theories 15% of your total score – 22 questions total
- Ethical and Legal Principles 15% of your total score – 23 questions total
Under this first domain of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam you will be evaluated on your advanced knowledge of the following:
You will also be tested on your skills to perform the following task(s):
- Advanced physical assessment
Advanced Practice 25%
Under this next domain of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam, your capability to perform the following Advanced Practice Skills will be evaluated:
- Clinical interviewing
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- Mental health screening tool selection and interpretation
- Mental status exam
- Psychiatric emergency management
- Recovery and resilience promotion
- Risk assessment
- Screening tool selection and interpretation for substance use
Psychotherapy and Related Theories 25%
On the third domain of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam, your knowledge regarding the following theories will be tested:
- Psychotherapy principles (e.g., cognitive, grief and loss)
- Change theories (e.g., Transtheoretical Model, motivational interviewing)
- Developmental theories
- Family theories (e.g., structural, narrative)
- Therapeutic alliance development and management (e.g., empathy, boundaries, psychotherapy facilitation, trauma-informed approach)
Next, your skills regarding the application of the above theories will be evaluated:
Ethical and Legal Principles 15%
The last domain of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exam is weighted the lowest at only 15% of your total score. The knowledge that will be tested consists of the following topic areas:
- Patient’s Bill of Rights
- Scope of confidentiality
- ANA Scope and Standards of Practice: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
- Cultural and spiritual competence
- Ethics in clinical decision-making
- Patient advocacy
The associated ethical and legal skill applications that will be tested are:
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