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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Application deadline March 15, 2020.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate option
The application cycle is now open for the fall 2020 cohort and will close March 15, 2020.
Admission decisions are made based upon the quality of the application and the number of available slots in the concentration desired. Please read the following instructions carefully.
How to Apply:
Step 1: Complete a Florida Atlantic University Application. Under the “Degree Information tab select “Master’s” and “Nursing Post Graduate Certificate” from the drop down boxes. Due to a high volume of applications and the time needed to receive and process transcripts and application fees, step one may take up to 2 weeks to process. You may check your application status using the link below:
Additional Documentation to be submitted:
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended are to be sent by mail or electronically to the Graduate College.
  • Submit by mail: Florida Atlantic University, Graduate College, SU-80, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Submit electronically: If transcripts are sent electronically from other college/university you attended, please contact the Graduate College once you complete the Graduate College application so that they may access, retrieve and attach your transcripts to your application.
  • Please Note: Applicants who previously attended FAU do not need to send their FAU transcripts to the Graduate College.
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation: The Graduate College requires all applicants to graduate programs whose transcripts are from foreign institutions to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Click here for more information about NACES evaluations and details regarding credential evaluation requirements for individual degree programs. Click here for information about internal evaluations. Applications cannot be processed until these evaluations are received.

Step 2: Post Graduate Certificate option applicants PLEASE NOTE: You will need to upload the required supplementary admission materials into the FAU online application.
Required supplementary admission materials:
  1. Philosophy of Nursing Essay (link to guidelines)
  2. Resume/CV (link to format)
  3. Current RN license (submit copy of license or online verification from the department of health acceptable)
  5. One electronic letter of recommendation: The letter will be requested through the FAU application system. You will need to provide a name and email address for the person providing the letter of recommendation. Be prepared with a name and current e-mail address.
  6. Acceptable references are from faculty, colleagues, and associates who are qualified to address all characteristics listed below according to direct and first-hand knowledge. They may be nurses, physicians, other health team members, administrators, or professors/instructors.
  7. Letters should be on letterhead stationery, dated, with the signature of the person and the person's name and title typed underneath. We are unable to accept letters that are not dated and official in appearance.
  8. The following points should be addressed in the letters of reference:
    • How long has the reference known the applicant?
    • The relationship of the reference to the applicant (e.g. manager, staff nurse, professor)?
  9. Specify information about all of the following in reference to the applicant:
    • Initiative and critical thinking
    • Scholarly achievements and/or dispositions
    • Ability to complete tasks
    • Self-reflection and self-correction
    • Career orientation
    • Impression that the applicant will be able to achieve the post graduate certificate
    • Overall assessment of the applicants administrative and/or clinical expertise
Your admission application is contingent upon successful completion of steps 1 and 2. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications with missing documents/transcripts are considered incomplete.
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For more information about the MSN and PMC programs, please contact:

Matt Patterson
Academic Advisor
777 Glades Road, NU102I
Boca Ration, FL  33431
Fax:  561-297-0088
Office Hours:
M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm NU 102