Application Deadline Extension: Doctoral Programs

The application deadlines for fall 2017 entry to the following doctoral programs at Virginia Commonwealth University have been extended to April 15, 2017:

  • Post-Master’s DNP
  • Post-Master’s PhD

Be sure to visit our website for details on the DNP and PhD programs and application instructions and contact us with any questions you may have:

DNP program questions: Dr. Shelly Smith, DNP Program Director
PhD
 program questions: Dr. Jo Robins, PhD Program Director
Admission requirements and application process questions: Ms. Cindy Kiefer, Director of Admission

Fall 2017 Graduate Nursing Applications Are Open

You can now apply to the VCU School of Nursing’s Master’s, DNP, and PhD programs for the fall 2017 semester!

Be sure to visit our website for details on application instructions and admission requirements and contact us with any questions you may have:

DNP and Ph.D. Application Deadlines Extended

The application deadline for the DNP and Ph.D. programs has been extended to April 1st. Details on the application instructions and requirements for both programs can be found on our website.

Please let us know if you have any questions about applying and we look forward to receiving your application this month.

Doctoral application deadline is extended

The application deadline for the DNP and Ph.D. programs has been extended from February 1st to March 1st. Details on the application instructions for both programs can be found on our website.

Please let us know if you have any questions about applying and we look forward to receiving your application this month.

Graduate Nursing Application

Links to the Master’s and DNP application instructions from the university bulletin are incorrect. We are accepting applications and supporting materials first through NursingCAS. Please visit the application instructions web pages for specific instructions on how to apply to the School of Nursing:

Master’s application instructions
DNP application instructions

Let us know if you have any questions about applying by emailing us (NURADMISSION@vcu.edu) or calling us (804) 828-5171.

Application Deadline Reminder – Doctoral Applicants

The deadline to submit your application to be considered for either the DNP or Ph.D. programs is quickly approaching — February 1st.

Details about the application process for the DNP and Ph.D. programs can be found on our website.

We are glad to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact:

Shelly Smith with questions about the DNP program.
Jo Lynne Robins with questions about the Ph.D. program.
Cindy Kiefer with questions about the application process.

DNP vs. Ph.D.

Are you interested in continuing your nursing education at the doctoral level but are unsure about which pathyway to take? The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has created this chart to highlight the differences between the DNP and the Ph.D in nursing.

The short video below was created to give an overview of the role of the nurse scientist in advancing the nursing profession:

We encourage you to contact us with further questions about doctoral education at VCU:

Dr. Jo Lynne Robins, Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. Shelly Smith, DNP Program Director

DNP: Advanced Practice Specialty Certifications

Students in the DNP program are required to hold certification in an advanced practice specialty. If you are considering applying to the DNP program, please review the list of acceptable certifications:

Nurse Practitioner Certifications

  • Acute Care NP (ACNP-BC)
  • Adult NP (ANP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C)
  • Adult Psychiatric–Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
  • Family NP (FNP-BC)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
  • Gerontological NP (GNP-BC)
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP (PNP-BC)
  • Psychiatric–Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)

Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications

  • Adult Health CNS (ACNS-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology CNS (AGCNS-BC)
  • Adult Psychiatric–Mental Health CNS (PMHCNS-BC)
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric–Mental Health CNS (PMHCNS-BC)
  • Gerontological CNS (GCNS-BC)
  • Home Health CNS (HHCNS-BC)
  • Pediatric CNS (PCNS-BC)
  • Public/Community Health CNS (PHCNS-BC)

Speciality Nurses

  • Nurse Executive (NE-BC)
  • Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC)
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)

Remember, your certification can be outstanding at the time you apply (you will need to upload a copy of your authorization to test as part of your NursingCAS application) and if admitted, you will be required to provide proof of your certification before you begin the DNP program.

If you have questions about these certifications, please let us know.

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