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YOU CAN EARN A PMHNP Certificate ✓ Unique focus on substance use disorders
✓ Emphasis on improving care in rural communities
✓ 100% online with option for on-campus skills training
✓ Clinical coordinator helps placement within your community

Earn your Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Tanika Williams Graduate Admissions CoordinatorMy name is Tanika Williams, MBA, MS, and I am here to help you navigate your path to earning your graduate degree. If you have any questions regarding application requirements use one of the links below or feel free to text me at (989) 461-2050.

PMHNP Program Coordinator

Kathleen Schachman PortraitContact me at or (989) 964-4339 for questions about the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Kathleen Schachman, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

A Difference Maker

At this very moment, someone needs you to reach them. A person with a substance use disorder, held tight by the grip of opioids, desperate to break free. A parent, at wit's end, seeking the treatment and counseling necessary to save their child's life. The need is urgent in communities large and small across the state. Saginaw Valley State University's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate program strengthens master's prepared nurses to provide integrated mental health and addiction care across the lifespan in acute and primary care settings. Classes are 100% online and in a part-time format, providing working professionals the flexibility they need.

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In-Demand Skills

Stay up to date including evidence-based treatments, recovery options, current hot topics regarding mental health, and stories from students, faculty, and those recovering from addiction.

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Cost-effective and Competitive

Due to the overwhelming need for qualified practitioners, there are several federal loan forgiveness programs for certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. This certificate also qualifies for Federal Student Loans.

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Join us as we share information about different aspects of the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Topics include evidence-based treatments, recovery options, current hot topics regarding mental health, and stories from students, faculty, and those recovering from addiction. 

Support Beyond the Classroom

SVSU’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has a number of clinical-academic partnerships and community connections that provide unique training opportunities and educational perspectives.

  • Uses ongoing telementoring through Project ECHO to equip primary care practitioners in rural areas with the knowledge they need to provide high-quality addictions care
  • Clinical partners including Recovery Pathways and Sterling Area Health Center are designed to improve access to mental health care and addiction treatment in rural communities
  • Community members in long-term recovery participate in optional on-campus skills training, bringing realism to substance use disorder simulations



Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
(989) 964-6096

Program Coordinator - Dr. Kathleen Schachman
HHS 209
(989) 964-4339

Tanika Williams
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(989) 461-2050