The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Nursing

Supported Degree Objectives


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

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
  • Statement of Purpose (350-500 words, single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins)
    • MUST Include:
      • Reasons for wanting to undertake or continue graduate study
      • Reasons for seeking an MS or DNP degree
      • Description of your academic and career goals
      • How this degree will help you achieve your personal 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
  • Two Succinct 500-1000 Word Essays (Required for PhD Program Only)
    • 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.
  • Personal Interview (Required for the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Program and PhD Program Only)
  • Graduate Record Examination (Required for PhD Program Only)
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 100
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Speaking: 24
        • Writing: 22
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 22
        • Listening: 22
        • Writing: 22
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 7.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 7.0
        • Listening: 7.0
        • Speaking: 7.0
        • Writing: 7.0
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants)
    • TWE (Recommended)

Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (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.
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse (International Applicants Only)

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent
  • 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

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Requirements


  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent
  • 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

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 accreditation 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.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of Internet.

Priority Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    March 1 October 1 No Entry

  • *Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.

Program Contact Information


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