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BSN-to-PhD Admission

Admission Requirements | Admission Evaluation | Application Process

Admission Requirements

A prospective student must meet all admission requirements stipulated in the University’s Graduate Policies and Procedures. In addition, the requirements for admission to the BSN-to-PhD Nursing program are as follows:
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 (A=4.0). Computed on last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  • Current Licensure to practice as an Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Florida
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years of the date postmarked on the application. If you took the GRE prior to five (5) years and your combined score is high, call the FIU PhD in Nursing Program Office at 305-348-7718.

GRE, Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

Computer-based testing (CBT) is now available at test centers worldwide. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come basis. To register, call 1-800-GRE-CALL.

  • 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.
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Written statement of career goals and research interests.
  • Evidence of scholarship in nursing science, for example:
    • Term paper/special project report
    • Research report
    • Published article or manuscript submitted for publication
  • Three (3) letters of reference which address leadership, research and/or scholarly potential.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency in word processing and electronic library searches
  • Interview with the PhD Program Admissions Committee.

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Admission Evaluation

The Admissions Committee evaluates the following criteria for student admissions to the doctoral program.

  • Quantitative Measure:
    • Undergraduate GPA
    • GRE Verbal and Quantitative
  • Qualitative Measure:
    • Quality of Essay: Statement of Goals and Research Interest
    • Quality of Interview
    • Recipient of Competitive Fellowship (for foreign applicants only)
    • Scholarship/Published Articles
      • Publishes papers/chapters
      • Peer-reviewed Conference
        • Presentation (national)
      • Peer-reviewed Conference
        • Presentation (local)
      • Papers
      • Grant Experience
        • PI (Principal Investigator)
        • PD (Project Director) and Co-PI
        • RA (Research Assistant)
    • Leadership
      • National Chair
      • Regional Chair
      • Local Institutional Chair
      • Member on National Committee
      • Memberships/Honor Societies
    • Quality of Reference*
      • Faculty-preferably from Master’s program
      • Work Supervisor
      • Co-worker with an advanced degree
    • Miscellaneous/other

* Someone who can speak to applicant’s potential for research and scholarship, and ability to function under pressure.

  • Faculty Match (Admissions Committee’s Decision) _____Yes _____No

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Application Process

Applicants must complete the following steps to be considered for admission

  • Complete two (2) applications as indicated and return to the appropriate offices to avoid unnecessary delay in the review process.
    1. Complete the FIU Graduate Admissions Online Application ($30.00 service fee). NOTE: Complete and submit FIU application BEFORE requesting transcripts.
    2. Complete the FIU NWCNHS-PhD Application for Admission (no service fee) and return to:
    Modesto A. Maidique Campus
    Attn: PhD in Nursing Support Staff
    11200 SW 8th Street, AHC3-Room 520
    Miami, Florida 33199
  • Request an official transcript of records from each college or university attended for undergraduate work. Transcripts must be sent to both
    Florida International University - Graduate Admissions Office
    Mailing Address: PO Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004
    Overnight/courier delivery address: 11200 S.W. 8 St.-PC 231, Miami, FL 33199


    FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    PhD in Nursing Program
    Attn: Support Staff
    11200 SW 8th Street, AHC3-Room 520
    Miami, FL 33199
  • Submit the required documents (transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores if applicable, letters of recommendation, statement of goals, and RN licensure) for admission evaluation. The application and required documents do not have to be sent as one package to the University Graduate Admissions Office or the College Admissions Office; however, all required documents MUST be received on or before the deadline date.
  • Submit the following to FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences:
    1. Registered Nurse (RN) licensure or RN licensure
    2. A statement of applicant’s goals for pursuing the BSN-to-PhD degree in nursing. This statement must be typed, double-spaced, narrative format. Please see STATEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL GOALS guidelines and visit our RESEARCH INVESTIGATORS page to review our Nursing Faculty areas of research expertise.
    3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from educational, administrative, or collegial capacity who have worked closely with you in the past five years. One from each:
      1. Academic/Collegial
      2. Supervisor
      3. Co-Worker

NWCNHS PhD Application

Statement of Goals Guidelines

Letter of Recommendation

The application file must be complete before the College DPNAC will consider the applicant for admission. The application and supporting documents must be received on or before:

  • February 15 for Fall Admission
  • August 1 for Spring Admission
  • December 1 for Summer Admission

If the application and supporting documents are not received by the appropriate deadline, the application will be considered for admission in the following term.

For information on the PhD admission process, contact:
PhD in Nursing Program Office
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
AHC3 – Room 520
(305) 348-7718

Students are required to submit to state and federal background checks before entry into clinical areas. Clinical agencies may also require drug testing on entry to the agency. Findings in background checks may affect a student's ability to participate in clinical experiences and complete the program. Please click here to review the Florida Statute (effective July 1, 2009) related to the reasons the Florida Board of Nursing shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination.

If you have questions about the background check or drug testing, contact:
Elizabeth Olafson
Director of Clinical Nursing Education

NOTE: Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences' policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually subject to review in order 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 advance notice.

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