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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 16 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 on-demand faculty presentations, case studies, post-tests and evaluations. With four 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. Download the Brochure

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
How it works:
  1. Register online
  2. Progress through self-paced content with supplemental activities (discussion board, glossary of terms, case examples).
  3. Pass post-tests for each module and an overall post-test (80% or higher, up to 3 attempts).
  4. Complete all of the modules within 90-days
  5. Earn 16 contact hours and a certificate of successful completion
Registration & Cost
  • $200 for APNA Members
  • $250 for Nonmembers
  • Bulk purchase pricing is available to institutions interested in purchasing the program in blocks of 10 or more. Email for more information.


*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 continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.