Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 2, 104441, February 2023

Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Examination: Job Task Analysis

Published:November 11, 2022DOI:


      • Behavioral and mental health conditions have increased in the pediatric populations.
      • Job task analysis verifies content for the pediatric PMHS certification examination.
      • Details for the PMHS exam content, (eg, Screenings, Dx, RX, etc.) are identified.
      • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide safe effective care are tested.


      Developmental, behavioral, and mental health (DBMH) conditions among pediatric populations have increased in prevalence in primary care. Approximately 1 in 5 children have mental health conditions, but only 20% receive care. In October 2021, a national emergency in children’s mental health was declared. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board offers a pediatric primary care mental health specialist (PMHS) examination that validates the knowledge, skills, and abilities of certified nurse practitioners caring for children, adolescents, and young adults with DBMH conditions. This review describes the methodology, data analysis, and results of the job task analysis that ensures examination quality measuring preparedness to practice as a certified PMHS.


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      Donna Hallas, PhD, PPCNP-BC, PMHS, is a clinical professor and director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at New York University Meyers College of Nursing, New York, and can be contacted at [email protected]


      Beth Heuer, DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, is an associate professor of clinical instruction at Temple University College of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA.


      Sheri A. Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE, is chief executive officer, Pediatric Certification Board, Rockville, MD.


      Adele Foerster, MSN, CPNP-PC/AC, ICE-CCP, is chief credentialing officer, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Rockville, MD.