Admissions

To apply for graduate programs in Nursing, apply online at http://grs.uncg.edu/.


Criteria for Admission to the PhD Program

  • Completed application–Students are admitted once per year to the PhD nursing program for the following fall semester. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Admission to the program is competitive and contingent upon available space in the program. Application deadline for August classes is June 1.
  • Three professional and/or academic references.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Current unrestricted registered nurse licensure or validated credentials by CGFNS for international applicants.
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores for international applicants
  • A 300-word statement of research goals in PhD program related to promotion of optimal health for ethnic minorities, women, children, or older adults.
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • A 3.2 or greater GPA on a 4.0 scale on previous graduate work.
  • An interview with Graduate Nursing Faculty for selected applicants.
  • Health insurance is required for all students enrolling in six or more credits each semester. Students are responsible for all costs associated with their own health care.

Prior to enrollment in classes, PhD students are required to complete the UNCG health history form and Parts A and B of the immunization schedule (with the exception of the meningococcal vaccine) and forward these documents to Student Health Services.

Application Process

All application materials must be sent to the Graduate School. Once your application is complete, your materials will be sent to the School of Nursing for review. We will consider your entire portfolio, your writing skills, and whether there is a good match between your research interest and our faculty expertise. You will be interviewed by a panel of PhD faculty. You will receive a letter from the Graduate School indicating the decision regarding your application. The entire process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks.

A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program is required for admission to the PhD program. If your master’s GPA is 3.2 or greater you do not need to take GRE. If your master’s GPA is lower than 3.2, please contact the Director to discuss.

References

It is recommended that 2 of your 3 references be from academic sources in the United States.

Statement of Research

The 300-word statement should address:

  • Why you want to pursue a PhD in Nursing
  • Why you have chosen UNCG
  • Your career goals
  • Areas of research interest
  • UNCG PhD faculty (link to new Faculty Advisors Research Interests page) with whom you would like to work.

You should have a general idea of your area of research interest, as you want to make sure that there are faculty here to guide you. As you progress through the program, however, your ideas will evolve as you learn more about the research process and your area of research interest.

Transfer

It is possible to transfer courses, but this is dependent on a number of factors including level of course, type of course (nursing or non-nursing), grade achieved, and evaluation of the course content. The course must be completed within the 7-year time limit. All transfer courses must be reviewed by your Advisory Committee and the Director of the PhD in Nursing Program, and approved by the Graduate School.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for August admission is July 1. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Criteria for Admission to the DNP Program

Post-Baccalaureate DNP degree — Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Minimum of one year full time clinical nursing experience.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that comments on applicant’s educational and professional goals, and how the DNP program will help you reach the goals.
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview with selected DNP faculty, after the application is completed.
  • An inferential statistics course and health assessment course at the undergraduate level are required prerequisite courses.
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA is required from the undergraduate nursing program.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Post-Baccalaureate DNP degree — Nurse Anesthesia concentration

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
    Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller analogies Test (MAT) within five years of application
    Basic Life Support (BLS); Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) & pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • CCRN certification — Applicants will not be considered for interview without current CCRN certification
  • Minimum of one year continuous full time critical care clinical nursing experience.
  • Minimum of 2 shadowing experiences with a CRNA
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that comments on applicant’s educational and professional goals, and how the DNP program will help you reach the goals.
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview with selected DNP faculty, after the application is completed
  • An inferential statistics course, a chemistry course, and health assessment course at the undergraduate level are required prerequisite courses.
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA is required from the undergraduate nursing program.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Post-Master’s DNP degree — Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse. Approved by the Board of Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner on active status in the appropriate specialty.
  • Master’s degree in nursing with concentration and certification in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Other APRN concentrations admitted after review of program by Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
  • Current National certification as AGNP or other appropriate nurse practitioner specialty as approved for admission by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
  • Employed as an AGNP or other appropriate nurse practitioner specialty as approved for admission by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that discusses the applicant’s educational and professional goads, and how the DNP program will facilitate reaching the goals, and a short discussion of the clinical topic that the applicant would like to pursue for the DNP capstone project.
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview may be required.
  • An inferential statistics course is a required prerequisite.
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA is required from the graduate nursing program.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Post-Master’s DNP degree — Nurse Anesthesia concentration

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse. Approved by the Board of Nursing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist on active status.
  • Master’s degree in nursing with concentration and certification in Nurse Anesthesia from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Current National certification as a CRNA.
  • Current employment as a CRNA.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that discusses the applicant’s educational and professional goads, and how the DNP program will facilitate reaching the goals, and a short discussion of the clinical topic that the applicant would like to pursue for the DNP capstone project.
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview may be required for selected applicants.
  • An inferential statistics course is a required prerequisite.
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA is required from the graduate nursing program.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Post-Master’s DNP degree — Executive Leadership concentration

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Master’s degree in nursing with a focus in administration or leadership from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that discusses the applicant’s educational and professional goads, and how the DNP program will facilitate reaching the goals, and a short discussion of the clinical topic that the applicant would like to pursue for the DNP capstone project.
  • Current employment in an administrative position in a health care agency or academic setting
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview may be required.
  • An inferential statistics course is a required prerequisite course for the DNP program
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA is required from the master’s in nursing program.
  • Three educational or professional nursing references.
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Criteria for Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate and MSN programs:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program and have a minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • For the MSN degree, a satisfactory score must be achieved on the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test taken within 5 years, if the BSN GPA is less than 3.2.
  • For the MSN/MBA degree, a satisfactory score must be achieved on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test or the Graduate Record Exam.
  • One year of full-time experience as a registered nurse is preferred.
  • An undergraduate statistics course and basic health assessment course are required prerequisites.
  • Evidence of current unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse or RN licensure in a state covered by the multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Evidence of current Basic Life Support certification.
  • A criminal background check.
  • Evidence of all immunizations identified on Parts A and B of the UNCG Health History and Immunization Form excluding the Meningococcal vaccine.
  • Health insurance is required for all students enrolling in six or more credits each semester.
  • A completed application including a personal statement of 350 words or less that addresses your career goals
  • Provide 3 references (academic and/or professional)

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid program is intended to assist students in paying for the costs of college. Financial aid consists of scholarships, loans, grants, scholarship-loans, research assistantships, health-related organizational financial support, and part-time employment, or a combination of the above. Students should begin the process of applying for financial aid at the Financial Aid Office, where the necessary financial aid forms may be obtained and completed.

There are two kinds of scholarships offered through UNCG: general scholarships available through the University as a whole, and departmental scholarships available through the School of Nursing. Both types of scholarships are outlined in The UNCG Financial Aid Directory, published by the Financial Aid Office. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information on University scholarships. School of Nursing scholarships are awarded through the department and require an application. Most of the School of Nursing scholarships are for students in the undergraduate program, but some money is available for MSN and doctoral students. Applications become available through the School of Nursing early in the spring semester; the deadline to return completed applications is March 1 each year. Most are awarded primarily on the basis of grade point average (GPA), but some are need based. Students with a GPA >3.0 should apply. Look for signs to be posted on the bulletin boards in the School of Nursing announcing the availability of School of Nursing scholarship applications.

This summary is not exhaustive. Students should work closely with the Financial Aid Office. Additional information on available funds may also be obtained through your local library.

Financial Aid Office UNCG
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 26170
336-334-5702
Website: https://fia.uncg.edu/

Scholarships

Graduate Scholarship Application (2017-2018): Scholarship Application

Other resources that may be available:


Hospital-based Scholarship Loans

Students are awarded a scholarship-loan, which may be repeated as long as the GPA meets minimum criteria, in return for promising to work at the hospital after graduation. The application process, deadline, amount of award, minimum GPA etc., are determined by each hospital. Contact Triad area hospitals or hospitals in your hometown. Many hospitals do not award students working on advanced nursing degrees, but prefer to focus on initial nursing preparation; however, there is nothing to lose by asking.

The North Carolina League for Nursing Academic Scholarship Program

Scholarships available for graduate study in nursing. Requires application, verification of enrollment, transcripts, etc. Contact: Nursing Academic Scholarship Fund Foundation for the Carolinas, 217 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone: 704-973-4500, Fax: 704-973-4599.

The Great 100 Scholarship Program

The Great 100 Scholarship Program was established by the Great 100, Inc. in 1989 for North Carolina residents to obtain or further their education in nursing. Scholarships are available for all levels of study. Contact: Great 100 Scholarship Program, NC Foundation for Nursing, PO Box 4875, Greensboro, NC 27404-4875.

Funding from Community Organizations

Many community organizations provide scholarships or loans with low interest to qualifying individuals, members, or children of members. You must contact these groups and ask individually. Examples include your church, civic groups, social and fraternal organizations, hospitals and medical auxiliaries, and some large corporations. Contact your local public library and Chamber of Commerce for suggestions and information.

Student Loans

Several kinds of student loans are available. Start with the Financial Aid Office. Also contact College Foundation Inc. at www.cfnc.org 1-866-866-CFNC.

Funding from Professional Nursing Associations

Professional nursing associations may have funds. Contact each organization individually to learn about requirements.

PhD Assistantships

PhD students may consider assistantships, which have concomitant teaching or research responsibilities. Information is available in Moore Nursing Room 213.

The Gwendolyn J. Andrews Nursing Scholarship Program

The Gwendolyn J. Andrews Nursing Scholarship Program provides scholarships to employees of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center who are pursuing a career in nursing. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate study. Contact Education and Support Services, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1180; 336-716-3434. Deadline: March 1.

The Eunice M. Smith Scholarships

The Eunice M. Smith Scholarships are awarded by the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing, 103 Enterprise St., Raleigh, NC 27607-7325; (800) 729- 1975. Applicants must be part-time graduate nursing students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Winston-Salem Foundation

The Winston-Salem Foundation administers two health education loan funds for NC residents: The Virginia Elizabeth and Alma Vane Taylor Fund, and the Oliver Joel and Ellen Pelf Denny Fund. Loans are awarded to undergraduates with financial need; some money may be available for graduate students. Contact the Winston-Salem Foundation, 310 West Fourth St., Suite 229, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2889; 336-725-2382 or toll free at 866-227-1209.

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund, administered by the American Legion, provides scholarships up to $2500 for one year. The scholarship was established to assist RNs to secure advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration or teaching; their after-school employment must have a direct relationship to lung and respiratory disease. Contact: American Legion Education Program, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Deadline: May 15 and awards announced July 1.

Community Funding for Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse anesthetists may wish to contact hospitals or anesthesiology groups in communities where they would be willing to work following completion of the doctoral program. There may be funds available if the nurse anesthetist is willing to make a commitment to work in the community after graduation.

AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)

Established in April 2003, this scholarship program supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Application can be downloaded from website; applications must be submitted by email.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA) are offered to students based on yearly availability of funds. The RA experience provides an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty members in their programs of research. Most RAs are responsible to complete a minimum of 100–150 RA hours per semester, or 300 RA hours per academic year. In return, RAs receive tuition and stipend support.

For more information on RA opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Robin Bartlett
Professor and Doctoral Program Director
Phone: 336-334-5840
Email: trbartle@uncg.edu

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Nursing offers several graduate assistantships. Students assist faculty with teaching and research for ten to twenty hours per week. Stipends vary depending on the number of hours worked. Applications may be obtained from the Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation. The completed application should be received by April 15 in order for students to be considered for assistantships for the following academic year.

For more information on GA opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Debra Wallace
Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
Phone: 336-256-0572
Email: dcwallac@uncg.edu