Admission Criteria

Post-Master's Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Admission Criteria:

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.


Review and submit all Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Post Master’s Certificate Program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Master of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.
  2. Successful completion (grade B or higher) of graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) level courses equivalent to UTRGV SON in Advanced Health Assessment (UTRGV SON-NURS 6305), Advanced Pharmacology (UTRGV SON-NURS 6306), and Advanced Pathophysiology (UTRGV SON-NURS 6304) from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited program in nursing.
  3. A current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in your state of residence.
  4. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the earned graduate degree.
  5. Cleared Criminal Background Check
  6. Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for the student in health-related academic programs. Immunization Checklist
  7. Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  8. 3 Letters of professional recommendation
  9. Personal statement/letter of intent
  10. A “live face-to-face “or “Virtual” Interview with the Graduate Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee

 Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.

Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas

 For Application deadlines and information, visit Application Deadlines

  *This program only has a Summer Session 1 start every year


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