Admissions Requirements: Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mar 02, 2020
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Designed for working nurses with busy schedules, our online Master of Nursing (MSN) graduate certificate programs enable you to pursue your professional goals on your own time. Earn your graduate degree without forfeiting your current position.

This certificate allows you to earn the required licensure to advance your career to a leadership position in a high-demand specialization. Admission requirements for certificates differ slightly from the online MSN programs.

The online graduate certificates offered through the College of Nursing are designed for nurse practitioners and other advanced-level nurses who have already earned their master’s degree. Passionate and highly motivated professionals with a goal of working in an advanced specialization will benefit most from these post-master’s certificates.

Applications for our online certificate programs are accepted every semester. Applicants will be reviewed for admission based on their ability to complete this online program and on the criteria listed below.


  • Current unrestricted RN license and a master’s in nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • At least one year of clinical experience
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC or CCNE) accredited institution
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better
  • Master of Science degree conferred from a regionally and nursing (ACEN* or CCNE) accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned
Complete Online Application


University of Cincinnati graduate school online application


Official transcripts from all institutions attended


Three letters of reference from previous educators, managers, supervising physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses in the specialty to which you are applying for admission

Personal Goal Statement

Professional Resume

Matriculation Fee

$200 non-refundable matriculation fee required upon acceptance but will be applied to tuition.

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The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.

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