Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Department APRN Program

Admission Requirements

Although academic criteria (cumulative GPA) are the most important factors in admission consideration, additional non-academic information can be considered. All applicants will be reviewed in an individual and holistic manner. No single factor will determine a student's admission.

All applicants who receive offers of admission will be required to submit documentation of required immunizations and consent to a criminal background check. A history of criminal conduct or convictions may result in withdrawal of the admission offer. See "Criminal Background Checks" section of the School of Nursing Student Handbook for the school policy.

Transfer Credit

The Graduate Department Chair and/or Program Director will review the applicant's previous academic preparation and/or competency in required courses in order to award transfer credit. Any deficiencies will be met by enrollment in required courses.

Generally, credits earned at an accredited college or university are accepted for transfer credit provided course content is equivalent. A grade below B is not acceptable for transfer credit.

Admission Requirements
Academic Admission Criteria Non-Academic Admission Considerations
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • If practicing as an APRN in another specialty, must supply evidence of current certification by a nationally recognized certifying body such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), (formerly the ACNM Certification Council)
  • Valid unencumbered RN License
  • Computer literacy
  • * DNP program admission requirements must also be met. A separate application to the DNP program and offer of admission to the DNP program is required to pursue the MSN to DNP while dually enrolled in the PMHNP program. Click on the following link for DNP Admission requirements
  • Completion of the application for the PMHNP program. (If pursuing a DNP as a post-MSN student, along with your PMHNP specialty application a separate application to the DNP program must be submitted.)
  • Submission of all official transcripts (excluding Texas Tech University)
  • Three letters of reference; two letters from nursing supervisors or mentors and one letter from a former faculty member attesting to the applicant’s professional and academic abilities and potential for success in a graduate program.
  • Curriculum vitae which includes your educational background, honors, nursing experience, professional memberships, and community service.
  • A personal interview
  • Responses to essay questions