FPMHNP—Admission Requirements

The Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse practitioner degree program is open to nurses with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. Registered nurses with an associates degree may apply through our RN-to-MS program.

Nurses with a bachelor's degree who wish to enroll in the program must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0. A higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for admission
  • Current New York state RN license
  • Current CPR certification
  • Basic Health Assessment (NURS 310 or 300 level or higher course) and Basic Statistics (3 credits each) ideally taken within the last five years

Note: Students may apply directly from a bachelor's program. GREs and RN work experience are not required.

Nurses with a master's degree who wish to enroll in the post-master's program to receive this specialization must meet these requirements:

  • Clinical master's degree in nursing (NP, CNS programs)
  • Health assessment skills
  • Current New York state RN license
  • Current CPR certification

Note: Previous education and clinical experience will be evaluated to plan the post-master student’s program of study.

Nurses with an associate's degree may apply through our RN-to-MS process, where they will first earn their Bachelor's degree. They will then transition to the Master's program.

Application Period
MS Program, Fall 2015
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015

NOTE: There are exceptions to these dates for RNs with a bachelors in another field and for the North Country program. Please see specific application periods for those programs on their respective pages.

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)