Requirements for Admission:
- One official transcript from each college or university attended.
- Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within five years prior to admission. Scores will be individually evaluated in relation to all other admissions requirements.
- Written statement of personal career, educational, and scholarship goals; identification of research interests.
- Three written professional references from individuals with expertise to comment on the applicant's capability for research and scholarship (for example, university professors, employers) - At least one of the references must be from a doctoral prepared nurse.
- A master's degree in nursing from an accredited school*.
- Grade-point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work.
- Evidence of current unrestricted RN licensure from North Carolina or a National Council of State Boards of Nursing compact state. International applicants must work with the Commission of Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools to validate credentials before applying for RN licensure.
- An interview with members of the graduate faculty to include a discussion of congruence between the student's research interests/career goals and the expertise and research of the faculty.
- Satisfactory performance on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores where English is not the first language. Students on foreign student visas must present evidence of professional standing in their respective countries.
- Computer competency with proficiency in development and use of databases, patient information systems, statistical sets, and use of various statistical packages for data analysis.
- A graduate statistics course which included inferential statistics within the past 5 years.
- A current curriculum vita.
- A representative example of scholarly work done by the applicant.
Applicants for admission to the BSN to PhD option must meet general admission requirements for the PhD program.
Additional requirements include:
Minimum GPA of 3.3 and no grade below B on all previous coursework.
- BSN from an accredited nursing program.
- Recommendation of the Director for the MSN concentration selected and the PhD Program Director.
- Completion of at least two calendar years of full time employment experience or the equivalent in clinical nursing.
- Practice as a registered nurse prior to entering the doctoral program of study.
- A graduate statistics course which includes inferential statistics prior to enrolling in doctoral courses.