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APNA Transitions in Practice

An online certificate program that delivers the latest evidence-based knowledge and skills essential to providing psychiatric-mental health nursing care

Boost Confidence & Competence
Earn 15.25 Contact Hours
Improve Patient Care
“Very informative, clinically relevant, and very practical.”
“I learned new information to better myself and the patients I serve.”
“I feel more confident in my knowledge and awareness of best practice.”


The APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP) Certificate program covers the knowledge and information foundational to psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing practice. ATP is a self-paced online curriculum that includes presenter videos, interactive quizzes, case scenarios, and reflection. With five modules that focus on the most up-to-date best practices and evidence-based nursing knowledge, it will optimize success in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice and improve healthcare outcomes for persons with mental health disorders.

Who should participate?
  • RNs who are new to or considering employment in psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • RNs looking to refresh and update their PMH nursing practice
  • RNs who encounter persons with mental health needs in their current setting
  • Nurse educators who are instrumental in providing orientation to PMH nurses
  • Nurse administrators responsible for hiring PMH nurses

Registration & Cost
  • $225 for APNA Members
  • $300 for Nonmembers

Bulk purchase pricing is available to institutions interested in purchasing the program in blocks of 10 or more. Email for more information.

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*APNA reserves the right to make program changes as necessary which may affect the actual number of contact hours.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

APNA Transitions in Practice: The Need

APNA Transitions in Practice: The Answer

  • Cover foundational topics like therapeutic engagement, psychiatric-mental health disorders, psychopharmacology, risk assessments, substance use, co-morbid disorders, recovery, and the therapeutic environment.
  • Deliver 15.25 contact hours of psychiatric-mental health content towards meeting the continuing education requirement for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification (PMH-BC).
  • Support nurses as they transition from the classroom to clinical practice or from another specialty into psychiatric-mental health settings with safe, evidence-based knowledge, tools, and best practices.
  • Promote effective communication to meet The Joint Commission (TJC) safety standards.
  • Highlight the importance of mental health care provided by RNs in a way that is highly visible to institutions, consumers, health care professionals, and the public.


APNA Transitions in Practice: The Evidence