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PhD in Nursing

Admission & Eligibility Requirements

Requirement

Degree

Program Option  

When Required

Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

PhD

ALL

Application

Completion of a Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program OR a Master’s Degree in a related discipline.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

PhD

MS-PhD (60cr)

Application

Minimum cumulative GPA:  3.3 on a 4.0 scale

PhD

ALL

Application

Completion of anapproved statistics course (containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of application to the program.

PhD

ALL

Application

Minimum of 1500 hours of nursing practice (as verified by employer) as a Registered Nurse prior to enrollment in the first nursing clinical course.

PhD

ALL

Prior to 1st clinical / lab course.

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.

PhD

ALL

Application

Interview with graduate faculty and/or graduate admissions committee member(s).

PhD

ALL

Following application review

(for applicants that meet criteria only)

Coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million).  See here for a list of companies that provide nursing malpractice liability coverage.

PhD

ALL

Admission

See specific degree / specialty information.

 

Background check

(admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check).

ALL

ALL

Admission

(and annually)

Drug Screen

(admission to a program is conditional based of the results of the drug screen).

ALL

ALL

Admission

Required Immunizations

(admission to a program is conditional based on completion of the required immunizations).

ALL

ALL

Admission

(and annually for specific immunizations)

For applicants with English as a second language, one the following tests for English proficiency must be completed within 2 years preceding the requested semester of admission: 

  • TOEFL of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based score, or
  • IELTS score of 7.0 total band.

ALL

ALL

Application


Application Requirements

Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  1. Application to the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program, and
  2. Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

You will complete the SDSU Graduate Nursing Application via NursingCAS (online application service). Please refer to the Application Instructions and Checklist when completing the application.  

To complete the SDSU Graduate School Application (online application), please follow the Graduate School's  instructions for completing their application. Please note, this application does not require transcripts or letters of recomendation.

In addition, the following documents are to be completed and uploaded to your NursingCAS document:

1. PhD Program Personal Statement
2. Legal Questions Supplemental Form
3. Statistics Form
4. Verification of Employment Form

Only applications that have been designated as verified status by NursingCAS will be considered for interview.

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below.

Degree / Certificate

Specialty / Emphasis

Applications accepted beginning

Priority Consideration
Round 1
Deadline

Priority Consideration
Round 2
Deadline

Application
Deadline

Interview Required

PhD

 

 

9/25/2017

N/A

N/A

March 15, 2018

Yes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to programs requiring interview will be contacted to schedule the interview. Applicants to programs not requiring interview will be contacted with application decisions.

Applicants who are offered admission to the program will be required to:

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services.