Online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program admissions

Apply to the Yale School of Nursing online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with confidence. Review the admissions criteria, application requirements, and how to connect with a dedicated enrollment advisor.

How to apply to the online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program 

Registered nurses who are passionate about supporting mental health care in their communities are encouraged to connect with an enrollment advisor ahead of submitting their application to the Yale School of Nursing online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

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Program eligibility 

To be considered for the online Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have earned a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and possess an active RN license. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must supply GRE scores at the fiftieth percentile or higher on all sections with their application. Students currently finishing nursing programs are welcome to apply, and if admitted, must obtain their RN license by the time of enrollment at YSN.

The online PMHNP program is currently not being offered to students residing in New York, Tennessee, or foreign countries. RN licenses must be from other accepted states.

Application materials

All YSN online PMHNP program applicants must complete and submit an online application and pay a nonrefundable application fee. A completed application must include the following elements: 

  • Current resume/CV 
  • Three letters of recommendation from those in a supervisory capacity in either an academic, professional, or clinical setting 
  • Official transcripts for any postsecondary institutions attended, including institutions where transfer credits were received 
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluations of any coursework taken outside of the United States or Canada
  • English language proficiency exam results (TOEFL or IELTS) for all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Personal statement of 600 words and short-answer essays of 200 words that address prompts provided in the online application   

If required to submit a GRE result, please order the test result to be sent using YSN’s GRE code of 1115. The official test results must be received by the application deadline for your application to be considered complete.  

GRE results are not valid if older than five years and must be sent directly from ETS to YSN using code 1115. As it can take time for the results to be transmitted, please arrange to take the exam far enough in advance to ensure that the results are received at YSN by the application deadline.

TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date.

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Key dates

Summer 2024

Spring 2024
Final deadline
Mar. 1, 2024

Fall 2024

Fall 2024
Priority deadline
Apr. 16, 2024
Final deadline
May 24, 2024

Events

Yale Online PMHNP Application Workshop
Thursday February 22, 2024
06:00 p.m. ET

Admissions frequently asked questions

Applicants to the online Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, graduation from a school of nursing approved by the licensing board of the state in which it is located, and active Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. For a full list of application requirements and admissions criteria, visit our admissions page. The online PMHNP program is currently not being offered to students residing in New York, Tennessee, or foreign countries.

There is no set clinical experience requirement to apply to the online Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty. However, the strongest applicants typically have a basic exposure to psychiatric settings and a demonstrated interest in caring for individuals with mental health needs.

No, applicants to the online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program do not need an existing master’s degree to be considered. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and an active RN license to apply.

The application process for the online PMHNP involves submitting and completing your thorough program application, including, but not limited to, essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. All applications must be submitted by the cohort’s final deadline. At this point, the YSN admissions committee convenes to begin their initial application review.

From the time of admission, students typically have two weeks to accept their offer of admission. Although not guaranteed, extensions may be requested by admitted students who require more time to decide.

Applicants to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program who are not admitted may reapply in the next available application cycle. Applicants may apply a maximum of three times to the same program.

The YSN Admissions committee requests three letters of recommendation from applicants. These recommendations must come from individuals who supervised your work in either an academic, professional, or clinical setting. Examples may include a professor or academic advisor from your nursing program, current nursing supervisor, or clinical manager. Reach out to your enrollment advisor with questions.

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