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MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Admission Requirements

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Wondering what your odds are for admission? Whether you’re applying to college for the first time or haven’t been a student in years, college admissions anxiety can be overwhelming. We’re on a mission to remove the guesswork from the application process so you can make key decisions about your future with confidence. Start by picking a program of interest to see your likelihood of acceptance. 

Enrollment counselors are available to support you through the admissions process so you can reach your potential, achieve your educational goals, and accelerate your career. If you have questions or prefer to apply over the phone, give us a call at 877-791-7181.

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Choose from the available selections to complete the admissions criteria questions.

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Are you a transfer Student?

Do you hold a degree or diploma in nursing?

Do you hold an unencumbered U.S. RN from your home state, or from any other state RN licensure?

Do you hold an advanced practice nursing licensure and certification?


Based on your responses to the previous questions, here is how you measure up to the admissions requirements.

Admission Requirements

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Degree and Minimum GPA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • TranscriptsOfficial transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
    Official GMAT/GRE
  • No GMAT/GRE required
  • Computer TOEFL score equivalent to 80% on a 100-question test
  • Additional Requirements
    • Résumé

    • Statement of professional goals

    • Two letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor from a current position in health care, and one from a professional nursing peer)

    • Current, unencumbered RN license in your home state and a copy of any other state license, including advanced practice licensure and certification

    • Proof of individual and professional liability insurance coverage that meets current state requirements

    • Complete criminal background check

    • Prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, research and health assessment (30 hours or greater)

    Note: Students may be required to travel significant distances to access clinical sites and achieve the necessary clinical hours.

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    Fill out the form below and a skilled and knowledgeable Admissions Representative will get in touch to answer your questions and help with the application process.

    International Students

    At Sacred Heart University, we welcome students from all around the world. If you are an international student and are interested in enrolling in the online MSN, you are required to submit the items listed above, as well as the following:

    Course EvaluationA course-by-course evaluation (and a translation, if applicable) from an acceptable transcript evaluation services agency, such as World Education Services.
    TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scoresIf English is not your native language, you need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 70 (iBT). Or, a minimum IELTS score of 6.

    If you cannot provide proof of English language proficiency, Sacred Heart University can administer an online English proficiency test. Also, please note that international students on an F-1 visa cannot enroll in online programs.

    For more information on application requirements for international students, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

    Transfer Credit

    The online MSN PMHNP program allows students to transfer up to nine credits earned in previous coursework. This is subject to credit eligibility and program director approval.

    To find out whether or not your credits are eligible, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

    When to Apply

    The best time to apply is now. Our academic calendar has three FNP start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.