How to Become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Connecticut - CT

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Jobs in Connecticut - CT

Registered nurses in Connecticut who have already completed undergraduate nursing school will want to follow the steps below to become psychiatric nurse practitioners:

  1. Complete undergraduate nursing school studies. Earn a bachelor degree and a RN license in Connecticut.
  2. Enroll in graduate nursing school, with the aim of getting a master’s or doctoral degree. You should choose a college that offers a concentration in adult psychiatric nurse practitioner studies, family psychiatric nurse practitioner studies, or child and adolescent nurse practitioner studies.

  3. Complete clinical requirements of your educational program. This usually involves working a set amount of hours in a psychiatric capacity under supervision, in a general medical or psychiatric institution.
  4. Take and pass the certification test given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In Connecticut, these tests are given at Prometric Test Centers in Hamden, Glastonbury, and Norwalk.
  5. Fill out the Connecticut application for an advanced practice license. Include all necessary documentation and mail to: Connecticut Department of Public Health, APRN Licensure, 410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP, P.O. Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134. Note that some documents, such as college transcripts and certification scores, must come directly from the original source.
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