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Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Post Professional Program for PAs

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health was built by PAs… for PAs, and was designed to meet the needs of practicing PAs in their delivery of integrated healthcare. This post-professional certificate, available only to licensed PAs, advances the practice of PAs while meeting the needs of the underserved, which account for 30 percent of clinical patients seen in primary care settings, and who have a psychiatric diagnosis.

PAs will gain the knowledge to recognize, care for and manage psychiatric problems, and increase their capacity to identify treatment options. The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). It is designed to be completed in approximately 12-24 months. However, may be completed in as few as six months, depending on previous in-field experience.

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ATSU-ASHS’ competency-based, self-paced program supports practicing PAs and provides them the value-added benefit of earning a Category 1 CME credit (150 hours) in addition to earning their certificate.(see disclaimer)*

This graduate certificate program is part of one of the most preeminent PA programs in the country, supported by world-class PA leaders. Offered 100 percent online, the certificate is designed around NCCPA’s CAQ in Psychiatry for PAs.(see disclaimer)**

Understanding psychiatric needs can be essential to delivering effective healthcare. The certificate is comprised of the following psychiatry and behavioral health competencies:

  • Foundations of Psychiatric Practice
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety and Trauma/Stress Disorders
  • Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Delirium, Dementia, and Cognitive Disorders
  • Eating and Feeding Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Somatic Symptoms Disorders
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Dissociative Disorders

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About The Program

Advance your PA career and bring superior primary care to your practice, community, and health center organization with a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health from ATSU-ASHS.

» Learn at your own pace and complete your PBH certificate in 12-24 months. Or, in as little as 6 months.

» Learn Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5®) standard diagnostic and classification criteria, disease prevalence and course, in addition to psychiatric assessment and monitoring tools.

» Gain the knowledge needed for the NCCPA’s CAQ in Psychiatry exam.(see disclaimer)**

» Become a member of the Neuroscience Education Institute.

» Benefit from the expertise of ATSU’s world-class, subject-matter experts.

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences serves as a learning-centered university dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs with a commitment to continue its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations.

For questions specific to the CME program, contact Courtney McGauley, MPA (

  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,

      230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500
      Chicago, IL 60604

      Phone: 800.621.7440
      Fax: 312.263.7492


      Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.

  • Career Advancement+

    • Potential advanced career outcomes for graduates who hold the psychiatry and behavioral health certificate include:

      • PA with a clinical focus who can now provide care for clinical patients seen in Primary Care who have a psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Disclaimers+

    • * This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 150 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

      ** The intent of this certificate is to position students to pursue the NCCPA CAQ in Psychiatry credential While this program does provide the required 150 Category 1 CME hours, program completion does not in any way guarantee successful completion of the CAQ written exam or provide for additional requirements of the CAQ credential as described by the NCCPA. For more information about the NCCPA CAQ, please visit:

      *** This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 2.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of 05/16/2016. Participants may submit the post-test at any time during that period. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online Faculty

ATSU offers a variety of preeminent PA-specific programs with world-class leadership. The Dean of ATSU-ASHS serves as PA Editor-in-Chief of the Clinician Reviews. He also is former President of the Veteran Caucus of the AAPA, and served as former Senior Vice-President for the NCCPA Foundation. The PA Studies Department Chair has over 30 years of experience in PA and medical education, having served as as Director and Chair of the ATSU Department of PA Studies and the Founding Vice Dean of the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ATSU, he served as Chair of the St. Francis PA Program. He has authored over 50 publications (book chapters, editorships, referred journal articles), and serves on a variety of hospital and congressional advisory boards. In addition he has held a number of leadership positions in both state and national organizations, and has received multiple awards for his contributions to US healthcare and the PA profession. Other Department faculty are also active in local, state and national associations, and have a reputation for excellence in scholarship and service.

  • Dean +

      • Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA
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        Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

  • Vice Dean +

      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA is in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Program Director +

      • Danielle L. Kempton DHSc, PA-C Danielle L. Kempton DHSc, PA-C
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        Danielle Kempton received her MMS in PA Studies from Midwestern University in 2005, and her DHSc from A.T. Still Univeristy in 2013. She has held both faculty and administrative positions in PA education, and has served as an accreditation consultant for developing PA programs. She has a record of scholarship and service at the state and national level, and serves as Director of the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Program.

  • Program Administration +

      • Courtney Brown McGauley, MPA Courtney Brown McGauley, MPA

        Courtney McGauley earned a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Oakwood University and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University. Mrs. McGauley provides administrative and academic support to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health (PBH) Program.

        Phone: 480.265.8090

  • Curriculum Designers +

      • spacer image for page layout Tia Solh, MPAS, PA-C
        Assistant Professor, Department of PA Studies, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

      • spacer image for page layout Janet E. Tatman, PhD, PA
        PA, Psychologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist (Retired)

      • spacer image for page layout Kim J Masters MD, FACP, FAACAP, DFAPA, MACAMH
        Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist

      • spacer image for page layout Patricia E. Kelly, PA-C, Ed.D MHS
        Professor and Program Director, Doctor of Health Science Program,Nova Southeastern University

      • spacer image for page layout Annette Bettridge MS, FNP/PA-C
        ​Assistant Professor, A.T. Still University Department of PA Studies, Psychiatry Certificate Program

      • spacer image for page layout Miguel Pineiro, MS, PA-C
        Assistant Professor of Health Professional Studies, Campbell University PA Program<

      • spacer image for page layout Danielle Kempton, DHSc, MMS, PA-C
        Associate Professor and Director, A.T. Still University Department of PA Studies, Psychiatry Certificate Program

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online Degree Admissions

ATSU’s Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health will admit professionals who are practicing PAs with at least one year of clinical experience.

  • Requirements +

      1. Graduation from a physician assistant program
      2. Minimum one year of clinical practice experience as a certified/licensed physician assistant
      3. Completed admission application (requirements listed below)
      4. Non-refundable application fee submitted with application
      5. Official college transcripts required from entry-level physician assistant program (associate, bachelor, or masters degree)
      6. Completion of background check, conducted by an ATSU selected vendor. The student will pay the cost of the criminal background check directly to the vendor. Failure to comply with this mandate will result in denial to matriculate. Applicants who fail to disclose anything on their application that is discovered on their background check will have that finding reviewed by a University Official.
      7. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
        • English is your first language.
        • Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
        • Submission of acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or the International English Testing Service (IELTS)

  • Tuition and Financial Aid+

    • Tuition for each competency module (15 total)*: $533.00 + $70 prorated technology fee= $603 total per competency module

      Full certificate cost: $8000 + $1050 technology fee= $9,050

      *Tuition is subject to change based on action by the Board of Trustees of the University

      Financial Aid

      Federal financial aid is not currently available for this program

  • Course Registration and Dates+

    • Accepted applicants may register for up to two competencies concurrently. Registration opens eight times per year, and remains open for two weeks. Tuition is due approximately seven days following the close of registration. During the registration period students may register only for the next upcoming course start date. ​ The following competencies will be open for registration beginning September 8, 2016:

      • PBHC7000 Introduction
      • PBHC 7010 Foundations of Psychiatric Practice

      The following competency will be open for registration beginning October 24, 2016:

      • PBHC7020 Mood Disorders

      Additional competencies will be made available over the course of the 2016-2017 year. Check back frequently to see an updated list of available competencies.

      Registration and course start dates for 2016-2017

      Both registration and course start dates are subject to change.

      Registration Open Registration Close/Billing Tuition Deadline Course Start Date
      9/8/2016 9/22/2016 9/30/2016 10/3/2016
      10/24/2016 11/4/2016 11/11/2016 11/14/2016
      12/12/2016 12/23/2016 1/6/2017 1/9/2017
      1/30/2017 2/10/2017 2/17/2017 2/20/2017
      3/13/2017 3/24/2017 3/31/2017 4/3/2017
      4/24/2017 5/5/2017 5/12/2017 5/15/2017
      6/12/2017 6/23/2017 6/30/2017 7/3/2017
      7/24/2017 8/4/2017 8/11/2017 8/14/2017
      9/4/2017 9/15/2017 9/22/2017 TBA
      10/16/2017 10/27/2017 11/3/2017 TBA

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Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Online Curriculum Overview

This curriculum consists of one introductory module followed by 15 self-paced clinical competency modules. Students must take all 16 modules to obtain the Certificate in Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. Modules may also be taken “a la carte,” however, PBHC7000 Introduction and PBHC7010 Foundations of Psychiatric Practice must be taken by all students (certificate-seeking or otherwise) prior to taking any other module(s). No tuition is charged for PBHC7000 Introduction.

Competency modules require the completion of self-directed learning activities, successful completion of multiple-choice formative assessments, and completion of a case-based final assessment. One comprehensive, case-based final assessment must be successfully completed for each competency module (exceptions: Introduction and Foundations of Psychiatric Practice), and requires the student to provide short-answers, evidence-based rationale, and student video submission (eg. video (MP4) of student providing patient education).

Each competency module covers the biomedical principles, evaluation, diagnosis, pharmacotherapy and management, and ethical/ legal implications of each of the following disorder groups:

  • PBHC7000: Introduction+

    • Course content includes:

      • Overview of Certificate Program
      • ATSU & ASHS Mission & Vision
      • Competency-Based Education
      • Curriculum Overview
      • Grading & Assessment
      • Program Policies & Resources
  • PBHC7020: Mood Disorders:+

    • Course content includes:

      • Bipolar Disorder (I & II)
      • Major Depressive Disorder
      • Persistent Depressive Disorder
      • Adjustment Disorder
  • PBHC7040: Sleep-Wake Disorders+

    • Course content includes:

      • Insomnia
      • Hypersomnolence
      • Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
      • Restless Legs Syndrome/Willis-Ekbom Disease
      • Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders
      • Parasomnias
  • PBHC7060: Personality Disorders+

    • Course content includes:

      • Antisocial
      • Borderline
      • Obsessive/Compulsive Personality Disorder (Paranoid, Shizoid, Schizotypal Narcissistic, Avoidant, Dependent & Histrionic)
  • PBHC7090: Sexual Disorders+

    • Course content includes:

      • Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder
      • Erectile Disorder
      • Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
      • Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder
  • PBHC7100: Delirium, Dementia, and Cognitive Disorders+

    • Course content includes:

      • Alzheimer’s disease
      • Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
      • Neurocognitive Disorder due to Lewy Bodies
      • Neurocognitive Disorder due to Vascular Disease
      • Neurocognitive Disorder due to Parkinson’s disease
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