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 of Science in Nursing 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.

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AN ACTIVE

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Application materials

All YSN online PMHNP program applicants must complete and submit an online application and pay a nonrefundable $100 application fee. A completed application must include the following elements: 

  • Current resume/CV 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Unofficial transcripts for any postsecondary institutions attended 
  • 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
  • One comprehensive, 600-word essay and two 300-word short answer essays to 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 3998. 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 3998. 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.

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Key dates

Summer 2023
Early application deadline
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
$100 application fee waiver available for applicants who submit by the early application deadline.
Final submit deadline
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Classes begin
Monday, May 15, 2023

Events

Online PMHNP application workshop webinar
Thursday February 16, 2023
06:00 pm ET

Admissions frequently asked questions

Applicants need to have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to apply to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. An active RN license is also required to be considered for the online PMHNP. Students currently finishing nursing programs are welcome to apply and, if admitted, must obtain their RN license by the time of enrollment at YSN.

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 do need an active RN license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to be eligible to apply.

The application process for the online PMHNP involves two stages: the initial application and a virtual, invite-only program interview. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 28. At this point, the YSN admissions committee convenes to begin their initial application review.

Starting in March, qualified applicants will be invited to interview for the program. Final admissions decisions will be released approximately two weeks after program interviews take place.

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.

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