Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track

Graduate Department Leadership 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 for the Post-Master's Degree
Academic Admission Criteria Non-Academic Considerations include, but are not limited to
  • Valid unencumbered RN License
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally 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)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all graduate level course work
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Live Support (PALS) certification for FNP, GNP, PNP, or ACNP tracks
  • Personal Statement/Essay (maximum of 500 words)
  • Professional letters of reference (3). Family members, friends, ministers, are not considered a professional reference
  • Official transcript for the MSN degree. (NOTE: all transcripts must be from a regionally 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)
  • Computer Literacy: defined as an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of a computer and how to use them wisely within clinical workflow and for scholarly work. Applicants must complete the TTUHSC SON Computer Literacy Test located at http://nursing.ttuhsc.edu/skills/ prior to applying
  • Evidence of leadership in nursing (Professional organizations, committees, etc.)
  • Potential for leadership in an advanced role as evidenced by reference letters
  • Professional nursing work experience
  • Diversity of work or life experience (For example: experience with other cultures, study/travel/work abroad, community service, military service, degree in other field, volunteerism or other related extracurricular activities)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume which includes educational background, honors, nursing experience, professional membership(s), and community service
  • Permanent resident of Texas or TTUHSC service area/county or TTUHSC campus location
  • First generation college student
  • Fluent in a language in addition to English
Post-Master's PMHNP Track Specific
  • For the post-MSN PMHNP certificate plus DNP, the admission requirements for the DNP program 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
  • 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 (ANP), and American Midwifery Certification), - formerly the ACNM Certification Council
  • Three (3) letters of reference; two letters from nursing supervisors or professional mentors and one letter from a former faculty member or other health care professional attesting to the applicant’s professional and academic abilities and potential for success in a graduate program
  • Participate in a personal interview with faculty if selected for an interview
  • Critical Analysis Essay (maximum of 650 words)

Admission Requirements for the Post-master's Degree

Academic Admission Criteria

  • Valid unencumbered RN License
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally 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)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all graduate level course work
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Live Support (PALS) certification for FNP, GNP, PNP, or ACNP tracks
  • Personal Statement/Essay (maximum of 500 words)
  • Professional letters of reference (3). Family members, friends, ministers, are not considered a professional reference
  • Official transcript for the MSN degree. (NOTE: all transcripts must be from a regionally 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)
  • Computer Literacy: defined as an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of a computer and how to use them wisely within clinical workflow and for scholarly work. Applicants must complete the TTUHSC SON Computer Literacy Test located at http://nursing.ttuhsc.edu/skills/ prior to applying

Non-Academic Considerations include, but are not limited to

  • Evidence of leadership in nursing (Professional organizations, committees, etc.)
  • Potential for leadership in an advanced role as evidenced by reference letters
  • Professional nursing work experience
  • Diversity of work or life experience (For example: experience with other cultures, study/travel/work abroad, community service, military service, degree in other field, volunteerism or other related extracurricular activities)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume which includes educational background, honors, nursing experience, professional membership(s), and community service
  • Permanent resident of Texas or TTUHSC service area/county or TTUHSC campus location
  • First generation college student
  • Fluent in a language in addition to English

Post-Master's PMHNP Track Specific

  • For the post-MSN PMHNP certificate plus DNP, the admission requirements for the DNP program 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
  • 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 (ANP), and American Midwifery Certification), - formerly the ACNM Certification Council
  • Three (3) letters of reference; two letters from nursing supervisors or professional mentors and one letter from a former faculty member or other health care professional attesting to the applicant’s professional and academic abilities and potential for success in a graduate program
  • Participate in a personal interview with faculty if selected for an interview
  • Critical Analysis Essay (maximum of 650 words)