Quinnipiac University

MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Admissions

We make our admission process as straightforward and personalized as possible. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the School of Nursing are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

Application Timeline

  • Fall start (begin classes in August)
    Applications for full-time and part-time study are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Spring start (begin classes in January)
    Applications for part-time study are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications are evaluated once all materials are received by Quinnipiac. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible for their desired semester.


Admission Requirements

  • One year of nursing experience is required for admission. New nurses are encouraged to apply prior to completion of that first year to allow sufficient time for application processing.

  • Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field.

  • Applicant must have maintained an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • All required courses must be completed by the application deadline.

  • Applicants must have an unrestricted nursing license in the state(s) they will be completing their clinical rotations. 


Required Documents

  • Completed application form

  • Nonrefundable application fee of $45 (payable by credit or debit card; do not send cash or check)

  • Official transcripts

    It is the applicant's responsibility to request official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If the applicant received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to graduate@qu.edu

  • Two professional letters of recommendation

    These should be references from persons with authority to evaluate the applicant's professional ability. Applicants will be required to enter their recommenders' contact information on the application.

  • Personal statement that addresses the professional goals and motivations of the applicant as well as a nursing experience that has shaped or influenced their practice. Applicants should also explain why they chose the particular specialty; for example, why are you interested in primary care versus acute care? Or, why are you interested in family medicine (birth through geriatrics) versus adult-gerontology (adolescence through geriatrics)?

  • Current resume

  • Nursing license

    Applicants are required to have a valid, unrestricted nursing license in the state(s) where they will complete their clinical rotations prior to the start of the program. Applications will still receive full consideration if the license is pending at the time of submission. The NCLEX-RN exam must be completed prior to August 1. Applicants will be able to upload nursing licenses when completing their application or from the student portal after submitting their application.

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Quinnipiac University supports equality of educational and employment opportunity. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.