- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- A current valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. In addition, an applicant must not have had a previous revocation, denial, suspension, or restriction of their license from any state or country. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where the clinical and immersion experiences, as well as the practice project will be conducted.
- Minimum of one (1) year paid clinical work experience within the past three years as a Registered Nurse before the application deadline, documented on the submitted resume. Clinical work experience including direct care in a public health, community, hospital, or ambulatory care setting that serves patients across the life span is recommended.
Evidence of capacity for graduate study.
- A blended cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work on the submitted transcripts;
- A Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale comprising grades in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, statistics, and chemistry courses;
- Positive professional recommendations; and
- Completion of an undergraduate- or graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B or better.
Ability to articulate one’s professional goals, evidenced by the Admission Essay and faculty interview, with applicant's goals congruent with the objectives and resources of the Otterbein University Department of Nursing. The essay should:
The essay should be carefully planned, written, and edited by the applicant.
- summarize the applicant’s professional background;
- describe the role of the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinical areas of interest;
- discuss professional and career goals, and how these goals can be achieved in the educational program, as well as ideas for the final scholarly project; and
- describe past experiences and reflections that have influenced these goals.
After review of the written materials, a selected pool of applicants will be required to participate in a faculty interview.
The following experiences are not criteria for selection, but are highly recommended
- Demonstrated facility with computer-based office productivity tools, including word processing, electronic mail, and spreadsheet manipulation. This may be achieved by completing one or more of several online tutorials and face-to-face workshops; and
- Demonstrated facility with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka APA style). This may be achieved by taking one of several available tutorials, including the APA Tutorial available at the APA Website.