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As a prospective student to the PhD in Nursing program at Florida International University, you must meet all admission requirements stipulated in the University’s Graduate Policies and Procedures in addition to the admission requirements specific to the doctoral nursing program.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Master’s program GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five (5) years of date postmarked on the application.
    • If you took the GRE prior to 5 years and your combined score is high, call the FIU PhD in Nursing Program office at 305-348-7718.
    • Computer-based GRE testing is available at test centers worldwide. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come basis. To register, call 1-800-GRE-CALL. For more information on taking the GRE, contact the GRE Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7670 or visit
  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure or RN licensure with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) certification in the State of Florida. The license must remain current throughout the program.*
  • Current professional liability insurance, which is to be maintained throughout the program.*
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and obtain a minimum of 80 on the IBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version) or 213 on the computer-based version.

 *The Florida RN licensure and professional liability insurance requirements are waived for international students.

About our Admissions and Program Policies

Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually reviewed to serve the needs of the university/college’s publics and to respond to the mandates of the Florida Department of Education, Board of Governors, the Legislature, and other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Changes in programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and regulations may be made without notice.

Contact Us

For assistance or questions regarding our admission and/or application requirements, please contact the FIU PhD Nursing unit office:

Tel: 305-348-7718
Location: MMC-AHC 3, Rm. 520