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Application & Admission

PhD in Nursing

The application cycle for fall 2019 program start will open on September 15, 2018.

Admission and 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.

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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.

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Minimum cumulative GPA:  3.3 on a 4.0 scale

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

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1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.

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Prior to 1st clinical / lab course.

Letter to the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program from the dean/director of applicant's former/current program that includes applicant's current standing and/or standing upon exit.*

*For applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university.

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

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

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Following application review

(for applicants that meet criteria only)

Coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million).

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Background check / FBI rolled fingerprints

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

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(and annual Background Check)

Drug Screen

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

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Required Immunizations

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

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(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.

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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. The checklist will be posted here when the application cycle opens.

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 recommendation.

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

The deadlines for complete applications ar elisted below. In Progress / Incompelte / Non-verified applications will not be considered.

Applications are considered COMPLETE if they are listed in the NursingCAS system as follows:

  • Complete - this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS
  • Verified - this designation applied to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS

NOTE: ALL applications MUST be designated as VERIFIED by NursingCAS to be considered for admission.

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below.

Deadlines

Degree / Certificate

Specialty / Emphasis

Applications accepted beginning

Priority Consideration
Round 1
Deadline

Priority Consideration
Round 2
Deadline

Application
Deadline

Interview Required

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9/15/2018

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3/15/2019

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Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to programs requiring interview will be contacted to schedule the interview.

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

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services.

Important

Due to regulations in certain states, South Dakota State University College of Nursing is unable to accept applicants from several identified states as noted on the following link: South Dakota State University - Continuing & Distance Education - State Authorization Information

If you are a current resident of a state identified on the above listed weblink, we regret that we are unable to consider your application for admission. 

If you do not currently reside in one of the identified states and are offered and accept admission, please note that should your relocate to one of the identified states while in the program, you may not be able to complete the program.

If you have questions concerning this, please contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services – Graduate Program.