Nursing

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Non Degree

  • Post MS Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate for Summer 2021 start date is full.
  • MS Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program for Fall 2021 start date is full.
  • MS Family Nurse Practitioner program for Fall 2021 start date is full.
  • DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty program for Fall 2021 start date is full.

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • One letter from a clinical supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer
    • Please include a statement about the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition, please speak to the applicant’s potential for success in graduate school, including the applicant’s work ethic, character, and academic accomplishments.
  • Statement of Purpose (350-500 words, single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins; not required for PhD) must include
    • Your reasons for seeking the particular degree to which you are applying
    • Description of your academic and career goals
    • How this degree will help you achieve your personal goals
    • 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.
  • Diversity Essay
    • Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. You should feel free to discuss your own personal experiences in the essay.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Nurses License

English Proficiency Requirements


Master's Degree Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing; must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is accredited by the NLN-CNEA and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course during college career

Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse (International Applicants Only)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing; must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is accredited by the NLN-CNEA and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course within the last 5 years.*

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post Master's DNP) Additional Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master of Science Degree With a Major in Nursing; must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is accredited by the NLN-CNEA and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of a 3 credit undergraduate OR graduate statistics course within the last 5 years.*
  • Description of how you intend to manage full- or part-time study (specify one) along with your existing professional and personal time obligations.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Additional Program 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.
  • Graduation from master's program. Additional courses may be required for those whose master's degree is outside of nursing.
  • 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 involved in any direct patient care activities, they must obtain a valid current nursing license in the state in which patient care activities will occur.
  • 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 (Click here)
  • 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. Alternatively, this may be taken concurrent with the first year of graduate coursework.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of Internet.
  • Two Succinct 500-1000 Word Essays:
    • A statement of purpose concerning your interest in pursuing a PhD, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, description of your research interests and explanation of how your interests align with expertise of specific faculty with whom you would like to work, and your professional plans and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.
    • A diversity essay describing your leadership, work experience, service experience, and/or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational minorities, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.
  • Personal Interview
  • Waiver Requests: If the applicant has received a Master’s degree from a university within the United States within the last 36 months, they may request a waiver of English proficiency examination. Along with other evidence, the PhD Program Committee will make the final determination regarding the waiver of English proficiency.

Application Deadlines


  • Program Cycle/Term Application Deadline
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    Cycle 3
    October 15
    January 15
    April 15
    MS
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    Cycle 3
    October 15
    January 15
    April 15
    BSN-DNP
    Cycle 1
    Cycle 2
    October 15
    Janaury 15
    Graduate Certificate
    July 1 - Fall
    October 1 - Spring
    Post MS DNP and PhD**

  • The goal of the School of Nursing Graduate School is to fill all spots with quality applicants as soon as possible. To increase your chance of gaining admissions it is advisable to complete your application prior to the Priority Cycle 1 deadline. There is a chance that you could be put on a waitlist. Waitlist applicants will hear final responses by May 1st. The SON admits the most qualified applicants. *Cycle 2 and 3 will only be available if spots are remaining after Cycle 1.
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  • **The PhD Admissions Committee reviews completed applications as they are received.  Please visit the SON website for more details.  Visit the PhD Admission Requirements for more details.

Program Contact Information


Additional Information


  • *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.
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