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PhD Admission

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.