School of Nursing

Supplemental content for MS in Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

Admission Information

Because the M.S. in Nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences and the desire to maintain a high-quality program, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. The number of students accepted varies by program (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner,  and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and is based on clinical cohorts. Admission to the program is highly selective. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
  • Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may submit GRE/MAT scores to be considered.

  • An undergraduate course in  Microbiology with a grade of B- or better

  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B- or higher
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment
  • Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language)
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Current resumé or CV

Seamless Admission for USM BS Nursing graduates:

Graduates of the USM BS in Nursing from any program (traditional or accelerated) may apply for consideration for seamless admission to the MS program. Undergraduate transcripts will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions and Advancement Committee. Requirements include:

  1. Maintenance of a GPA of 3.3 or better throughout the undergraduate nursing program
  2. No letters of reference required
  3. No GRE or MAT required
  4. Admission to the MS program is conditional upon passing the NCLEX exam
  5. Conditionally admitted students may take 6 credits of graduate courses prior to matriculation

 

A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: April 1 for Fall semester

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
  • A 500-word essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Understanding of the nurse practitioner role and reasons for becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Professional goals that will be supported by the M.S. degree
    • The experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program
    • Reasons for choosing USM for this program
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement. Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with the applicant's academic or professional work, to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake graduate study and the chosen profession.
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • Official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

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