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.

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

Ph.D: Preparing to Apply

Beginning with the Fall 2016 application cycle, the School of Nursing will participate in the Centralized Application Services for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). The NursingCAS for VCU’s Ph.D. program will be open in early November 2015. To prepare for applying, below are some helpful tips for things you can do now:

TRANSCRIPTS
Collect copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including course work taken as high school dual-enrollment credit, nondegree-seeking credit, study abroad or course work taken and transferred to another institution. You will enter data from these transcripts into the coursework section on the application. Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. must also provide a course-by-course external credential evaluation from ECE or WES no older than two years at the time of application.

NOTE: You will also need to have all official college/university transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS for verification. To do this, you will print off a specific transcript request form from NursingCAS to send to your colleges. The mailing address for transcripts is provided in the NursingCAS instructions.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
Begin drafting your personal statement, making sure you address the following topics in a thoughtful and scholarly manner:

  1. What are your career goals, and how do you see this doctoral program contributing to meeting them?
  2. Within your particular area of interest, identify some problems you see as offering promise for research.
  3. What particular strengths do you believe you bring to this program that would enrich the learning environment of your peers?
  4. What do you perceive as major contemporary issues in nursing, and what are your views on at least one of them?
  5. Identify one or two potential advisors from the School of Nursing Ph.D. faculty who may be a good match for your research interests, and provide a rationale for your choice.

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
Update your resume/curriculum vitae ensuring all professional work experience, certifications, community service and volunteer experiences, and special skills and abilities are highlighted.

REFERENCES
Consider who you will ask to submit references on your behalf and collect contact information for each. The three (3) academic and/or professional references must be able to knowledgeably comment on your ability to succeed in a doctoral program or evaluate your ability to be successful in nursing research. Any personal relationships (i.e., family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc…), even if they can be tied to an academic or professional setting, are not valid and will not be considered. An academic reference is a current or former faculty member or academic advisor. A professional reference is a current/former supervisor of a paid or volunteer position.

NOTE: You will enter the names and contact information in NursingCAS. Your references will receive an email message from NursingCAS that directs them to an online recommendation form.

GRE SCORES
Take the GREs and retain a copy of your score report. You will upload a copy of your score report into NursingCAS.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
If your native language is not exclusively English, take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS.