Admissions


Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Nursing

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall Entry: May 15th

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Main-Augusta

Program Delivery: The PhD Program is a distance-accessible program with a hybrid delivery format.

REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

Completed Online Application: via NursingCAS

Application Fee: $70

Supplemental Application Fee: $25

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. 

Minimum Degree Requirement:  Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in nursing (MSN, MN, DNP) alone may fulfill the minimum degree requirement, which will be determined on a case by case basis. To satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program. 

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be submitted through NursingCAS. 

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References: As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. 

Standardized Tests: 

  • GRE: N/A
  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • All official TOEFL scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University directly from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than two years old. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
    • Minimum scores:
      • 213 computer-based,
      • 79 internet-based, or:
      • 550 paper-based (PBT) for test takers who took the PBT prior to October 2017, and were scored on the old scoring scale of 310-677
      • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT) taken on or after October 2017, and scored on the new scoring scale of 0-30 for each section (Listening, Reading and Writing).

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to Augusta University’s Academic Admissions Office.

Testing and Disability Services: The Office of Disability  Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information please visit The Testing and Disability Services website at http://www.augusta.edu/tds/index.php or contact them at tds@augusta.edu

NOTES:

  • While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
  • Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
  • Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

Prerequisite Coursework: Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics from an accredited institution with a grade of B or higher.

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by a representative from the program.

Resume or CV: Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Essay: Included within the application, applicants must submit a written component that addresses the following:(this item is required and to be submitted within NursingCAS Application)

  1. Why you want to complete a PhD program;
  2. The specific goals that you want to accomplish while you are in the PhD program;
  3. The area of research that you want to study for your dissertation as well as your previous education and experience related to this research area; and
  4. Your rationale for wanting to attend a nursing PhD program specifically at Augusta University.

Scholarly Paper: Submission of an original paper reflecting research ability. This may be a research paper or another type of scholarly paper that demonstrates critical thinking abilities. This item is uploaded into NURSING CAS.

Licensure: Nurse applicants must currently hold an unrestricted RN license and be eligible for an unrestricted RN license in the state of Georgia. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Background Check: A clear or expunged criminal background record.

  • Per the Augusta University Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.
  • Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.

Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Office of Academic Admissions, The Graduate School (TGS; program’s administrative home) and the colleges or departments that offer TGS graduate degree or certificate programs (program’s academic home). TGS graduate programs enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards in making the final decision. Admission to TGS graduate programs is a multi-step process:   

Applications and references are submitted via the Nursing CAS . Completed applications and references will be transferred from Nursing CAS to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.   Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, proof of degree, transcript evaluations, etc) are submitted directly to Nursing CAS and processed through Augusta University’s OAA:

Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA.

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the Dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu

Technical Standards (next step for accepted applicants): For accepted applicants to qualify for enrollment into, retention in and graduation from academic programs in The Graduate School, an individual must satisfy certain technical standards.  For more information and to review The Graduate School technical standards please visit  http://www.augusta.edu/gradstudies/nextstep/technicalstandards.php  Individual programs may have additional specific standards that also must be met. Please contact your program directly for additional program specific technical standards requirements.

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, Georgia 30912  

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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