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         Fall 2017 Application Deadline is January 1, 2017!!!

  1. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have already taken the GREs and it is no more than five years old, you may have ETS submit the scores. Graduate Center Code is 2113. To set up an appointment to take the test - please visit the ETS website.
  2. Bachelor's degree and Master's degree, either of which must be in nursing from an accredited program.

  3. A graduate level statistics course, nursing research course, health policy course and nursing theory course is required of all applicants.

  4. A personal statement that describes an area of interest, states clear career goals, and provides evidence of potential for scholarship.

  5. Transcripts must be submitted from each college or university attended even if you did not complete a degree or did not enroll in courses in your current field.  Applicants are required to upload scanned/electronic copies of all their transcripts to the online application.  All international documents that are not issued in English must also be accompanied by certified English translations. If an applicant is offered admissions and decides to attend the Graduate Center, he or she will be required to provide unopened, official hard copies of all transcripts which will be compared to the unofficial uploads.  In the event of discrepancies or false reporting of any information, the Graduate Center reserves the right to change/withdraw its offer of admission to the applicant.

  6. It is required that applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  7. Two letters of recommendation: One academic reference and one other academic reference or a clinical reference. References should be completed by persons who can comment on your academic and/or clinical achievement and promise for doctoral study.

Once completed applications have been reviewed, candidates will be interviewed by faculty to determine their potential for achievement in the doctoral program.

DNP vs. PhD

At the Graduate Center Nursing Science Program we welcome all prospective students interested in pursing a doctoral degree. The following table briefly outlines the differemce between DNP and PhD. 



 Program of Study
  • Prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing to improve patient outcome and translate research into practice
  • Prepare nurses at the highest level nursing science to conduct research to advance the science of nursing

  • Commitment to practice career
  • Oriented toward improving outcones od patient care abd population health
  • Commitment to research career
  • Oriented toward developing new nursing knowledge and scientific inquiry

Program Faculty
  • Practice or research doctorate in nursing, and expertise in area teaching
  • Leadership experience in area of role and population practice
  • High level of expertise in practice congruent with focus of academic program
  • Research doctorate in nursing or related field
  • Leadership experience in area of sustained research funding
  • High level of expertise in research congruent with focus of academic program

  • Mentor and/or preceptors in leadership positions across practice settings
  • Access to diverse practice settings with appropriate resources for areas of practice
  • Access to financial aid
  • Access to information and patient-care technology resources congruent with area of study
  • Mentors and/or preceptors in research settings
  • Access to research settings with appropriate resources
  • Access to dissertation support dollars and financial aid
  • Access to information and research technology resources congruent with program of research

Program Assessment
& Evaluation
  • Program Outcomes: Healthcare improvements and contributions via pratice, policy change, and practice scholarship
  • Receives accreditation by nursinf accreditor
  • Program Outcomes: Contributes to healthcare improvements via the development if new knowledge and scholarly products that provide the foundation for the advancement of nursing science
  • Oversight by the institution's authorized bodies (i.e., graduate school) and regional accreditors

Source: AACN, 2014