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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Co-Advisor
Dr. Kathy Smith
kss123@txstate.edu
512.716.4603
St. David's School of Nursing (SON), Room 315
Round Rock Campus

Graduate Co-Advisor
Dr. Catherine Messinger
cjm216@txstate.edu
512.716.2995
St. David's School of Nursing (SON), Room 326
Round Rock Campus

St. David's School of Nursing
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This hybrid post-professional master’s degree program will prepare post-baccalaureate nurses or post-master’s prepared nurses to practice in psychiatric mental health practitioner roles in a variety of health care institutions. Graduates will be prepared to skillfully translate research and utilize evidenced-based practice knowledge to direct individual and population health care with a focus on mental and behavioral health.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.N. 40 Non-Thesis No Minor

Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state Boards of Nursing, admission for non-Texas residents may be limited at this time. Additional information for international applicants is available below.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1*
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*The Fall 2020 standard deadline has been extended to July 1, 2020, for international applicants.

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Effective Fall 2021 and Beyond

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 25 January 25
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

Application(s)

Effective Fall 2021 and Beyond

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Application Fee(s)

  • separate NursingCAS application fee
    and either
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

Effective Fall 2021 and Beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • a copy of an official transcript from each international institution attended. Transcripts issued by U.S. institutions must be submitted through NursingCAS.

Effective Fall 2021 and Beyond

  • bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. The student's B.S.N. degree must be reflected on the transcript at the time of application.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your nursing course work
  • grade of C or better in an upper-division statistics course

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • current, valid unencumbered Texas R.N. license or multi-state privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Texas. The license must be printed from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) website and a copy uploaded into the application system.
  • professional essay and goals
  • resume/CV reflecting a minimum of one year of experience as an R.N. (students must have a minimum equivalent of one year of full-time experience as an R.N. prior to the application deadline for this program)
  • three forms of recommendation from professionals competent to assess the applicant’s academic capability and interest in pursuing advanced levels of nursing practice
  • interview

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TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

If you are an international applicant, you can apply to this program; however, please be aware that you must:

  • be available to complete certain degree requirements in the state of Texas
  • have a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally-recognized nursing education accrediting body. Your B.S.N. degree must be reflected on your transcript when you apply.