PMHNP Admissions Requirement

Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PsychNP Track) Admission Requirements
Application Requirements:

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Current unrestricted RN License to practice professional nursing in the state of California or current state of practice
  • A minimum of one year of work experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation
  • Statistics (3 units)
  • Proof of Computer Proficiency (word processing and internet based skills)
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required

    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Two letters of recommendation must be from a current or past nursing supervisor/ manager
    • Recommendations should address the following areas: 
      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Goal Statement:
    • Please explain why you would like to become a student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. How does the completion of a degree at CDU offer you an opportunity to assist an underserved community?
    • Statement must be 2-3 pages typed (double-spaced, maximum 750 words)

For International Students: 
We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. 
Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA:

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairswill be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu  or (323) 357-3458

Post Master Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Admission Requirements

  • Application for Graduate Admissions
  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • An earned master of science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited college/university or the equivalent of a U.S. master of science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited college/university based on a University approved foreign credential evaluation
  • Official academic transcripts from all previous colleges and/or universities attended
  • Current unrestricted RN license to practice professional nursing in the state of California
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite course
    • Statistics
  • An absolute cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory. All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org/ ). The minimum overall score is 84; 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score
  • Personal Goal Statement (2-3 pages)
    • The applicant's goals must be congruent to those of the MMDSON, the University and the applicant's chosen specialty. A personal goal statement is required, which may be submitted online via the CDU online application system, in a .pdf or Word format. The goal statement is an opportunity for students to tell the admissions committee about their career plans upon completion of their graduate degree. Before writing a goal statement, prospective students should review carefully information about the Entry Level program on CDU's website so that they can clearly indicate to the admissions committee that they are a good fit with the program
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required
    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Recommendations from family, friends or other students are NOT accepted. Recommendations should address the following areas:
      • relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • work competence
      • communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • leadership skills or potential
      • values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Computer proficiency is required (especially word processing and internet/web skills)