Admission DNP Psychiatric Mental Health

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements

At this time, our DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree is unable to accept students residing in the following states: Colorado, Delaware, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Disclosure Statement

Enrollment in one of Liberty University’s licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. More information about academic and professional requirements can be found below. Students enrolled in a licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined for their program. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not Liberty University, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state Board of Nursing.

Licensure requirements for any state are subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements. Please reference our State Requirements for NP and APRN Licensure page for further information.

  1. Apply online or call an admissions counselor at (800) 424-9596.
  2. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
  3. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies or via a direct electronic transcript system). Transcripts must be regionally or nationally accredited, show all post-secondary schools and must show a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with an advanced practice specialty as a nurse practitioner focused in family, adult, geriatric, neonatal, pediatrics, or women’s health. Transcripts must show a 3.0 GPA or higher in all previous graduate work and the master’s degree must be accredited by either the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Please note: upon admission, if official transcripts do not show successfully passed graduate coursework in the following areas, students may be required to take additional courses as prerequisites to NURS 751: advanced physical health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology.
  4. Admission to this program requires the following items to be submitted:
    • Current and active RN license issued in one of the fifty United States. (If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.)
    • Active APRN license and Active National Certification for Nurse Practitioner. If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.

    • American Heart Association BLS CPR Card for Healthcare Providers with AED.
    • One Reference (requires login): We require one reference contact from a professional or academic reference. Your reference should be able to speak to your work ethic and academic abilities. This contact should also be able to be reached via phone or email.

    • Statement of Purpose / Writing Sample

    • Practicum Hour Verification Form

  5. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs.  Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, applicants who complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived.  Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.
Preliminary Acceptance
Supplemental Acceptance Steps
Transcript Policies
Program Accreditation

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your doctoral degree after the last day of class for your master’s degree.
  • Submit a transcript to confirm that you are in your final term.
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Supplemental Acceptance Steps

After reviewing applications, the School of Nursing will contact selected applicants for an interview. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the School of Nursing. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed. If an acceptance offer is extended to an applicant, there will be additional application steps needed before attending courses. Included in these steps is the purchase of a standardized background check and submission of immunization records. More information will be provided to selected applicants.

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

CCNE Accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Liberty University is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Online Nursing Program (Doctor of Nursing Practice) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact:

Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500

Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.

Contact Information

(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577


Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515


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