Question 1: Do I need to have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to apply?
You must have an earned MSN to apply for the Post-Masters’s PMHNP program. A master’s in a nurse-related field is not acceptable
Question 2: Do I need to be a Registered Nurse (RN) to apply?
Yes. You will be asked to submit proof of your licensure at the time of application.
Question 3: If I live out of state can I attend?
Yes, but you must live in a state in which we have Department of Education authorization. Air travel is convenient to the Ontario International Airport, which is 15 minutes from campus. Many area hotels offer shuttle service to the campus. After orientation, many students make acquaintances and share hotel expenses. Distant students enrolled in clinical programs are required to periodically extend their seminar weekends to work with clinical faculty.
Question 4: Do you give preference to California residents?
No. We are a private institution and do not have to meet certain resident enrollment standards.
Question 5: Is tuition the same for in-state and out-of-state residents?
Yes. Tuition costs are the same for all students within the same program.
Question 6: What if I haven’t been in school for a long time?
Many of our students have not been in school for a long time. We find that adults do very well with our learning model as it is designed for the working professional who has typically been out of school for a while.
Question 7: After I graduate do I have to take a standardized exam before beginning to practice?
National certification is required in 46 of the 50 states. California does not require national certification at this time. However, we strongly recommend taking the national certification examination due to reimbursement restrictions of NPs who are not nationally certified.
Question 8: Do I need to plan for an interview as part of the admissions process?
No. You will be required to submit a personal statement and a CV as part of your application and that is what is used to gain insight into your motivation for graduate study, and your career goals.
Question 9: When will I be notified of my admissions decision?
All applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, followed by decision electronic notices.