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Nursing

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Nursing. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

The Statement of Purpose should be 300-500 words and address all elements described below.  Statements that do not include all required elements will not be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Required elements:

    • Reasons for wanting to undertake or continue graduate study
    • Description of your academic and career goals
    • Explanation of how your goals align with expertise of SPECIFIC faculty (DNP applicants only)
    • Brief accounting of your professional history, achievements, and abilities that make you a strong candidate for graduate study
    • Description of how you intend to manage full- or part-time study (specify one) along with your existing professional and personal time obligations.
       
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Nurses License

Professional Degree Programs Application Deadlines (PhD-see below): Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen March 1 October 1 No Entry
International March 1 October 1 No Entry


Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest

 E-mail: gradnursing@purdue.edu
School of Nursing
Johnson Hall of Nursing
Purdue University
502 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2069
USA

Completing the application: A “Statement of Purpose” is required.

This statement should include:
- your reasons for seeking an MS or DNP degree
- how this degree will help you achieve your personal goals

The “Statement of Purpose” should be 350-500 words (single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins).

For the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program three letters of recommendation are required (one letter from a clinical supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer).

A personal interview with a graduate program faculty advisor will be required for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Basic Requirements (Post-Master's)

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.*STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.
    *STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100
  •       With the following minimum section requirements:
    • Reading: 22
    • Listening: 22
    • Speaking: 24
    • Writing: 22
  • IELTS (Academic Module): 
  • An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
  • An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
  • Not required, but recommended

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 22

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100 
         With the following minimum section requirements:
    • Reading: 22 
    • Listening: 22 
    • Speaking: 24
    • Writing: 22
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 22

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

Doctor of Nursing Practice Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100 
         With the following minimum section requirements:
    • Reading: 22 
    • Listening: 22 
    • Speaking: 24
    • Writing: 22
  • IELTS (Academic Module): 
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 22

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):  Application Deadline:  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (as they are submitted).  Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted on or prior to April 1. Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed through July 1 for the fall semester

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing: Basic Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing.
  • A minimum undergraduate nursing cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, on a four-point scale, or equivalent "B" average. Note: Applicants not meeting this criterion may be considered for departmental conditions.
  • All degree-seeking students to the School of Nursing must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. Official scores must be sent to Purdue University as part of your application.  For information, test dates, and application forms, visit www.gre.org.
  • Domestic applicants must hold a valid, current nursing license in a U.S. state.  International applicants must be licensed as a nurse in their country of origin, if licensure is available.  However, if students will be invloved in any direct patient care activities, they must obtain a valid current nursing license in the state in which patient care activities will occur.
  • Graduation from master's program.  Additional courses are required for those whose master's degree is outside of nursing.
  • In instances where a master's degree was obtained outside the U.S., international students must provide proof of U.S. master's degree equivalency with school/college/university accreditition information when applicable.  Sufficient time must be allowed for verification and evaluation of prerequisite courses and degrees (i.e., at least three months prior to the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin studies).  Prerequisite courses in the PhD program, (excluding master's level courses in nursing) must be taken in an accredited college or university in the United States. 
    • In instances where transcript credits or other credentials are difficult to evaluate for equivalency to U.S. offerings, the World Education Services may be used to verify transcripts, diplomas, or other application materials (see http://www.wes.org).
  • International applicants will follow the Graduate Admission Process, following the roles of the academic unit, the Graduate School, and the guidelines enforced by International Students and Scholars (ISS) Office including visa requirements (see http://www.iss.purdue.edu/admission/grad.cfm)
  • Evidence of successful completion (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) of an upper division statistics course (300-500 level) taken within the last 5 years. Or, this may be taken concurrent with the first year of graduate coursework.
  • A personal interview with a graduate program faculty advisor and/or PhD Program Committee Member.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of Internet.
  • International students must take the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam for Non-Native English Speakers or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following performance:

TOEFL Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required:  100
With the following minimum section requirements:

    • Reading: 22 
    • Listening: 22 
    • Speaking: 24
    • Writing: 22

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:

    • Reading: 22
    • Listening: 22
    • Writing: 22

IELTS (Academic Module):

Minimum overall score required: 7.5
With the following minimum section requirements:

    • Reading: 7
    • Listening: 7
    • Speaking: 7
    • Writing: 7

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

Completing the application: 

  • The Graduate School Application is to be completed on-line at the Graduate School website
  • Two succinct 500-1000 word essays are required.
    • One essay will describe the applicant’s research interests, and if applicable, an identified nursing faculty member with whom they would like to work.
    • One essay will describe the applicant’s career interests and goals upon completion of the program.
  • Two official (original) transcripts from each school attended
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating scholarly potential (at least one recommendation must be from a professor of nursing. If the applicant has been out of school for more than five years, a letter from a direct manager may be substituted for the professor).
  • A curriculum vita or resume
  • For domestic applicants, a copy of a current U.S. registered nurse license.  For international students, a copy of their license as a nurse in their country of origin, if licensure is available. 

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please contact our graduate program staff to discuss your application and interest in the PhD program.

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