PMHNP Application Requirements

NURSING@SIMMONS

At Simmons, we take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We consider your personal, professional, and academic experiences as a whole in order to evaluate your preparedness and potential for success in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs.

Below you will find eligibility criteria and a detailed list of materials you will need to submit to apply to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) program and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PGC) program.

PMHNP Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are the same for the MSN and post-graduate certificate program.

September 2024

Priority Application Deadline
July 1 2024

Final Application Deadline
July 22, 2024

Classes Begin
September 9, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

MSN Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Nursing@Simmons MSN-PMHNP program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, with a preferred GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (In rare circumstances, a student who earned a bachelor’s degree from a university with national accreditation may be permitted to complete their application for review if approved by program leadership.)
  • Current unencumbered and unrestricted U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  • Successfully completed (with a grade of B or better) a three-credit course in statistics within the last seven years. If you do not meet this requirement, please contact an admission counselor to discuss other options for fulfilling this requirement.

PGC Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Nursing@Simmons Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) in PMHNP program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have:

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, with a preferred GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current unencumbered and unrestricted U.S. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.
  • Successfully completed (with a grade of B or better) the following prerequisite courses (taught across the life cycle):
    • Advanced Pathophysiology
    • Advanced Pharmacology 
    • Advanced Health Assessment 

Application Materials

To apply to either of the online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs (MSN or PGC), you will need to submit the following materials:

  • The online application form
  • Application fee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal statement 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, whether or not a degree was earned 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency exam result (if your primary language is not English) 

The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but if you feel GRE scores will strengthen your application, please contact an admission counselor at 1-855-461-7466.

See below for details on each of the required application materials.

Application Fee

A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply to Nursing@Simmons. Those who apply before the priority application deadline will receive a reduced application fee of $30. Application fee waivers are available for applicants affiliated with non-profit organizations such as: City Year, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Teach for America, and military personnel, veterans, and their spouses. Please contact your admission counselor to request the fee waiver.

Résumé

Your résumé should include:

  • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s)
  • Relevant employment history, including:
    • Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
    • Employment dates of each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Any awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Personal Statement 

MSN Prompts

Essay prompt: Address each of the questions below in a two-page, double-spaced essay using 12-point font. Please label each section of your essay with the corresponding prompts.

  • What are your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree to become a family nurse practitioner? 
  • How will Simmons University help you accomplish your goals? 
  • The Simmons School of Nursing core values are listed below. Which of these values do you most identify with and why? How will this value guide your practice as a nurse practitioner?

Simmons School of Nursing Core Values

  • Respect
  • Social justice and inclusion
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Care and compassion
  • Professional development
  • Excellence

Short answer prompts: Answer the following two short answer prompts (250 words or less per prompt). 

  • What professional and/or personal life experiences do you bring to the profession and the communities you will serve?
  • Describe your plan for academic success, detailing how you will carve out sufficient time to dedicate to your graduate education. (Full-time study requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week while part-time programs of study require at least 30 hours per week on average. During the clinical portion of the program, students will be in the clinical setting for an average of 24 hours per week.)

PGC Prompts

Essay prompt: Address each of the questions below in a two-page, double-spaced essay using 12-point font. Please label each section of your essay with the corresponding prompts.

  • What are your reasons for pursuing a post-graduate certificate to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner? 
  • How will Simmons University help you accomplish your goals? 
  • The Simmons School of Nursing Core Values are listed below. Which of these values do you most identify with and why? How will this value guide your practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner?

Simmons School of Nursing Core Values

  • Respect
  • Social justice and inclusion
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Care and compassion
  • Professional development
  • Excellence

Short answer prompt: Answer the following prompt in 250 words or less.

Describe your plan for academic success, detailing how you will carve out sufficient time to dedicate to your graduate education. (Full-time study requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week while the part-time program of study requires at least 30 hours per week on average. During the clinical portion of the program, students will be in the clinical setting for an average of 16–20 hours per week depending on plan of study.)

Optional Statement

If your academic record does not accurately reflect your abilities, please provide an explanation, clarifying any gaps in your educational history, and discuss how you intend to be successful in future coursework. The optional statement should be 250–500 words and can be uploaded directly into the “Essays & Uploads” section of the application.

Transcripts

Sealed, official academic transcripts must be received from all postsecondary institutions you have attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned. This includes community colleges, institutions you may have attended as a non-degree student, or schools where you enrolled but withdrew from classes. If you have any questions when determining if you need to submit a transcript as part of your application, please reach out to your admission counselor. Failure to submit transcripts from all postsecondary institutions can result in dismissal from the program.

Note for Nursing@Simmons alumni: If you are applying to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and earned your MSN and/or DNP from Simmons, you do not need to provide transcripts for any education completed prior to earning your degree(s) from Simmons. However, you will still need to provide transcripts for any education completed after earning your degree(s) from Simmons.

Most schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to Application Services or select Simmons University — Nursing@Simmons if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

All coursework from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service such as World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, or Educational Credential Evaluators. Be sure to request a course-by-course evaluation and allot additional time in the application process for the evaluation to be completed.

Please have official transcripts and other official application materials mailed to:

Simmons University
Application Processing Center
Nursing@Simmons
PO Box 30096 [015-002]
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, and all must be written within one year of the date of submission. Letters must be submitted by two of the following individuals:

  1. A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner role.
  2. A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
  3. A practicing clinical nursing professional, or APRN, who has served as a mentor and can address your abilities as an advanced practice nurse and your potential to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. 

Note for Nursing@Simmons alumni: If you are applying to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and earned your MSN and/or DNP from Simmons, you will only need to request one letter of recommendation.

English Language Proficiency Exam 

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit official English language proficiency scores. This requirement is based on primary language, not citizenship. Exam results must be from a test taken within two years of the application deadline. We accept scores from the following sources:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): The TOEFL code is 3761. The minimum recommended score range for the TOEFL iBT (internet-based) is at least 100–105.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): The minimum recommended score range for IELTS is at least 7.0–8.0.
  • Duolingo English Test: The minimum recommended score range for the Duolingo exam is at least 120–125.

The English language proficiency exam requirement is waived for applicants who meet either of the following criteria: 

  • Graduated at the bachelor’s or master’s level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or post-secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country (in English-speaking countries only).
  • Earned their MSN and/or DNP from Simmons.

NOTE: Nursing@Simmons is in the process of receiving approval from some states. An admission counselor can help you determine the program’s status in your state.

Request more information to learn more about our program or speak with an admission counselor at 1-855-461-7466.