Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The post-master's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) certificate is for you if you are already a licensed and certified family nurse practitioner and wish to become certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Coursework for the PMHNP post-master’s certificate is determined for each student following an assessment of the applicant’s previously completed graduate nursing courses.
Faculty resources are readily available to help you succeed. An intensive online orientation is provided to prepare you with the tools necessary for a quality graduate experience, so that you are ready to hit the ground running on day one.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to this graduate certificate program must:
- have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association.
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses, and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the International Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program you must meet the following requirements.
Materials received after the application deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by early April.
You must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Applicants who do not hold a BSN degree will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
You must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 30 hours of graduate or 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work. This should include courses in which you are currently enrolled.
Submit your current resume.
Submit a two to three-page, double-spaced essay that describes your educational and career goals.
Submit copies of RN license, as evidence of RN licensure in Illinois, and a copy of FNP certification and licensure.
Include on the application the names and email addresses of two persons qualified to assess your potential to succeed in the post-MSN certificate program. These references must be nursing faculty from the applicant’s MSN program or a master’s prepared nurse. Your recommenders will receive instructions to complete and upload this reference form to the recommender site.
Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report (International Students Only)
International applicants must submit to Mennonite College of Nursing a Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report from CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) or WES (World Education Services). International applicants must comply with the International Applicant Requirements as directed by the Illinois State University Office of Admissions.
English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)
International students applying to this program must submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 band.
Global Access to Online Degree Programs
When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
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