program Overview

The Certificate in Play Therapy at MidAmerica Nazarene University is an accelerated 12-hour post-graduate program with a dual emphasis on quality training and clinical applications.

This certificate program is designed to meet most of the requirements specified by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for the Registered Play Therapist credential. MNU is a faith-based institution and the Midwest's only university-based, APT-approved Play Therapy provider whose courses offer master's-level credit.

you Should Know

  • Meets online and 7 weekends* on-site
  • Fulfill 12 credit hours at $375 per credit hour
  • Complete your Certificate in 10 months
  • Attend classes in Olathe and online

MNU takes a hands-on approach to your learning experience. We have a strong clinical orientation with our graduate degrees in various clinical areas of expertise. We will prepare you to be a play therapist in public or private clinical settings.

We have a total of 11 clinical rooms in our building with four play therapy and sand tray rooms.

The result? You receive instruction in the best of contemporary play therapy theory blended with guided experience from true practitioners. This dual emphasis on theory and application means the student is well prepared for creating a dynamic interpersonal relationship between themselves and their clients.

Next Opportunity**

  • August 2022

*Weekends are considered Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
**For information on our priority application deadlines and registration deadlines, please contact us at 913-971-3800 or at

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Cost & Value

A degree from MNU is a competitively priced, affordable option designed for students with a busy schedule. We’re here to help you find the best options to assist you as you work toward earning your degree.

  • Credit Hours: 12 total
  • Tuition: $375/credit hour* $335/credit hour* for current and former
    MNU Master of Counseling students
    *Prices effective July 1, 2021 for new starts.

Payment Options

Your degree is an investment in your future. We have a variety of different payment options available, so you can choose the option or combination of options, that best fits your situation. Total cost, including fees and tuition, will be calculated based on your program, and can be divided into multiple payments.

Family Education Discount

MNU partners with many metro companies, organizations, and schools to provide reduced education costs for employees. With these partnerships, employees and some immediate family members can receive a discount on the Play Therapy Certificate.

Military Financial Aid

MNU appreciates the service and protection that the Military provides for us all. We offer a Military Financial Aid Program that can help active military, veterans and their spouses reposition themselves in the working world.


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Our faculty and staff bring real world experience and expertise to the classroom and with a Christlike mindset, we are here to support your success throughout your program.

MNU is an APT Approved Center and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education (APT Approved Provider 07-198) and Theraplay® Regional Training Center.