Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse (PMHN) Exam

newnurseThe Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Exam is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  This credential is awarded to successful certification candidates and is valid for 5 years.

arrow_blue32Career as a Mental Health Nurse

Few jobs can be more challenging than dealing with mentally ill patients so it takes a certain type of dedicated person who wants to pursue that avenue as a career. Assisting these mentally impaired patients with their medication and helping them to cope with their illness requires a strong-willed individual who is able to be effective under difficult circumstances.

 

arrow_blue32Eligibility

Candidates for the PMHN must:

Hold a valid RN license in any US State or equivalent.

Have practiced an equivalent of 2 years full time as a registered nurse.

Accrued at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice in psychiatric mental health nursing within the last three years.

Completed at least 30 hours of continuing education in psychiatric mental health nursing in the last three years.

arrow_blue32About the Exam

The is a Computer Based Exam and is conducted year round at Test Centers located all over the United States.  Tips on taking a computer based exam.

The current fee for the examination is $390 for initial certification and $350 for renewal of certification for general non members. For members, the initial certification charges vary from $270 to $340 and renewal charges vary from $200 to $240.

On confirmation of eligibility, the candidate can schedule the examination within a window of 90 days.

The candidates receive their score immediately after the exam.

Candidates can apply for renewal of their certification 3 months before expiry.

The exam is three and a half hours.

arrow_blue32Exam Format

The exam has 175 multiple choice questions, out of which 150 questions are evaluated and scores considered for the present exam, and 25 questions are non scored pretest questions.

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Topic # of Questions Weight
Theories and Principles of
Development Across the Life Span
18 12%
Communication 24 16%
Nursing Process 30 20%
Provision of Care 9 6%
Basic and Applied Science 17 11.33%
Behavioral Sciences 13 8.67%
Education 6 4%
Health Promotion and Wellness 5 3.33%
Management/Leadership 18 12%

 

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