Admission Criteria

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

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

 

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. 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 gradapps@utrgv.edu 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

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Master of Science in Nursing, or a 
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Practitioner
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Successful completion of graduate‐level courses in physical assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, and pathophysiology.
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in your state of residence.
  • Cleared Criminal Background Check
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs. Immunization Compliance Form

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • 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.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • 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.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. 

 

Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Application Deadline N/A N/A November 30* N/A

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

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