Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Admission

Students are admitted to this program twice per year.

Application Deadline for Fall 2023 Admission: May 1st

Application Deadline for Spring 2024 Admission: October 1st


Admission Requirements

For consideration and admission to the Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, applicants should submit the following:

  1. A Completed Graduate Application

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. Submit materials by May 1st for fall admission consideration and October 1st for spring admission consideration.

  1. Self-reporting Nursing Science Grades*

*The Self-reporting Nursing Science grades are recorded on the application for graduate admission.

The PMHNP program reviews all science courses as part of the admission criteria. If you took science courses that were not part of the transcript provided for your RN or BSN degree please self-report the science course grade. Upon acceptance you will be required to provide the official transcript reflecting the grade provided. If there is any discrepancy in the self-reported grading information your acceptance into the PMHNP program will be retracted.

  1. Official Transcripts, reflecting the following:
  • Graduation from a nationally accredited baccalaureate program in nursing and nationally accredited master’s program in Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of an undergraduate health assessment course, with a grade of “C” or better, or an equivalent continuing education course (Nurse Practitioner concentrations only).
  • Current students and/or previous applicants may not need to re-submit transcripts. Please check your Admissions Portal to verify missing documents.
  • Transcripts required upon acceptance showing science grades.

Official Transcripts may be sent electronically or by mail, directly from the school of attendance, in a sealed envelope to:

Wilmington University
Office of Admissions
320 N Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Any transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require an official course-by-course evaluation by a NACES.org approved agency.

  1. A Letter of Recommendation

One professional letter of recommendation must be completed by a previous or immediate supervisor and/or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to the applicant’s clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study.

References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

Recommendations are to be requested through your Admissions Portal.

  1. A Current Resume

Please upload a current resume in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal.

  1. A Current Unrestricted RN and APRN License

Please upload a current unrestricted RN and APRN License as a PDF in your Admissions Portal.

  • Evidence for national Family Nurse Practitioner certification or eligibility to sit for national NP certification
  • Evidence for completion of at least 500 clinical hours
  1. A Written Statement of Goals

Thoroughly complete your Statement of Goals by answering one of the two Thought Questions below. Please submit your Statement of Goals in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal.

Your answers must be typed and double-spaced. Both the content of your answers and your ability to write are being evaluated, so proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling are important.

Please respond to only one of the following questions in a separate document. The response requires a minimum of two full double-spaced pages (8 ½ x 11) typed.

I. State thoughtfully why you want to further your nursing career as a PMHNP.

II. Discuss how your NP experiences lead to your desire to become a PMHNP. Identify what impact you can make on the quality of patient care in this new role.

Since we do not require standardized test scores as a criteria for admissions, your responses to these questions will weigh significantly in the initial screening process. Responses must meet the minimum of 2 pages to be considered. Please give careful attention to the quality of the content, writing mechanics, and organization of thought.


International students must provide results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that meet the current minimum score requirements.

TOEFL and IELTS Minimum Score Requirements:

TOEFL Test

  • Minimum overall score: 46
  • Minimum individual test score: 12

IELTS Test

  • Minimum overall score: 5.5
  • Minimum individual test score: 5.5

International student must complete all admission requirements before being accepted to Wilmington University. Please review the international admissions requirements.


Admissions Process Stages

The review process takes approximately two months past the deadline date. After the files are turned over to the College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences the admissions team is no longer involved. The Family Nurse Practitioner program has a two-stage admissions process.

Stage 1: Review of Application Materials

  1. Undergraduate academic record from the official transcript. You must submit transcripts from all colleges you attended. (3.0 GPA or higher is desired; however, applicants will be considered for those with GPA 2.75 or higher)
  2. Relevant professional and educational experience documented on the resume
  3. Statement of goals as expressed on the thought questions

Applicants who successfully meet the screening criteria in Stage 1 are invited to interviews in Stage 2.

Stage 2: Individual Interviews

  1. All admissions materials must be complete and submitted by the application deadline for an applicant to be considered for an admissions interview per the stage one criteria. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom and may require an applicant to be available for up to 2-3 hours. The applicant must be available on the scheduled interview day. If unable to attend the interview, those applicants will be considered for the next scheduled intake of students. The individual interviews offer the opportunity to evaluate the applicant’s interpersonal skills and personal potential to become an effective psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
  2. All information is confidential. Information requested on race and sex is gathered to enable Wilmington University to comply with its Equal Opportunity obligations and will not be used to discriminate against individuals.
  3. The PMHNP Program Admissions Committee reviews all application materials and interview information to determine a candidate’s fit for the PMHNP Program based on academic readiness, personal maturity, and career goals. Decisions of the committee are final.

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