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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Application deadline is February 15, 2025.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate option
The application cycle is now open for the fall 2025 cohort and will close on February 15, 2025.
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:

Complete the Florida Atlantic University GradCAS Application. Due to a high volume of applications and the time needed to receive and process transcripts and application fees, the application may take up to 2 weeks to complete. Costs of the application are the responsibility of the applicant.

GradCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to the nurse practitioner concentrations. You will submit your application, supplemental materials listed under admissions requirements, and request a letter of reference through GradCAS. All documents must be received in GradCAS by the published application deadline. Please note: You will request the letter of reference electronically in GradCAS. Be prepared with a reference name and current e-mail address.  GradCAS requires their own set of official transcripts. 

All admission requirements must be completed before the application deadline. Applications with missing documents/transcripts by the due date are considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required supplementary admission materials will include:

  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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)?

     E. 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

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