Postgraduate Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements

Due to the high volume of interest in the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, the Liberty University School of Nursing is only taking applications for the Spring 2024 semester at this time.

At this time, our Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is limited in certain states. Please view the licensure/certification requirements for your state. International students can contact the School of Nursing related to their degree interest. An RN and Nurse Practitioner license from an approved state is required for admission.

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. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements are outlined on the Liberty University website. 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 the institution, 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 (sent as a sealed, unopened copy or via a direct electronic transcript system). These transcripts must show a regionally or nationally accredited BSN and MSN or DNP (both if applicable) degrees with GPAs of 3.0 or above in all previous graduate work for admission in good standing. Transcripts must show the BSN and all degrees from post-secondary schools and must show that the Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice has an advanced practice specialty as a nurse practitioner focused on family, adult, geriatric, neonatal, pediatrics, or women’s health. This MSN or DNP must be accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  4. Admission to this program requires the following items to be submitted:
    • Current and active RN license issued in an approved state. 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 Professional Certification issued in an approved state. 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.

    • Verification of professional certification as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner)
    • Clinical APRN Education: Advanced practice nurses are required to have the advanced practice core. Graduate transcripts must reflect that the applicants have successfully passed a graduate-level health assessment, graduate-level pathophysiology, and a graduate-level pharmacology course.

    • American Heart Association BLS CPR Card for Healthcare Providers with AED.
    • One Reference: 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.

    • Writing Sample

      • Answer the following prompts using APA rules of grammar. First person is permitted; APA formatting (i.e. title page, headers) is not needed. Return completed writing sample to

        • In 1,000 words or fewer, please describe your professional nursing career. In addition, please include how you incorporate your worldview in your current profession.

      • Please also provide the following
        • Name of present or most recent employment and position
        • Length of Employment (Indicate in MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY. If still employed, write ‘current’ as the end date)
  5. Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy.

Additional Requirements

Students who are accepted and offered a seat each semester will be required to submit a $500 deposit,* which will be applied to your student account to be used towards tuition, fees, etc. If accepted to our program, you will receive additional information via your Liberty email regarding your next steps and payment of the deposit.

If you have any questions, you may reach the School of Nursing at or by calling (434) 592-6505.

*Deposit refund deadlines apply. Contact the School of Nursing for specific semester refund dates.

Supplemental Acceptance Steps
Transcript Policies
Program Accreditation

Supplemental Acceptance Steps

After reviewing applications, the School of Nursing will contact selected applicants. If an acceptance offer is extended to an applicant, additional application steps will be needed before attending courses. Included in these steps is 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.

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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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.

Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information

(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577

For questions:

For documents:

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


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