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Nursing Education

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

In addition to the standard college admission requirements and materials, the following requirements and materials are required for application to the Ed.D. Program in Nursing Education. 

1.  Registered nurse with evidence of licensure

2.  Master’s Degree and transcripts related to the degree  

3.  Resume showing evidence of clinical experience either through specialty Master’s preparation or through clinical experience in nursing. Include titles and other citation information for publications and presentations, if any.

4.  Statement of Purpose (which can be 5-6 pages in length), using each of the following as a numbered heading and addressing each item in paragraph form under the appropriate heading:

  1. Clinical and Teaching Experience

    Describe your clinical nursing experiences; then describe your teaching experience in academic, professional development, and/or clinical settings.

  1. Interest in Nursing Education

    Discuss your interest in nursing education and why you chose this specialty area.

  1. Research Experience and Interests

    Describe any experience you have with research and statistical methods; then discuss the research in nursing education you would like to pursue.

  1. Future Plans

    Describe where you see yourself professionally in 10 years.

  1. Qualifications for the Program

    Explain why you are an exceptional candidate for this program.

 5.  Academic writing sample

Upload academic writing sample under Statement of Purpose in the online application. This is a 10-15 page academic writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly thinking, writing skills, ability to do research, and ability to synthesize information.  Examples of appropriate writing samples include, but are not limited to, graduate thesis, research paper, or literature review.  If your writing sample exceeds 10-15 pages, please select an excerpt, but include reference list for the entire paper.

6.  Optional: Graduate Record Examination

Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, if you have taken this examination, we welcome you to submit your scores. Admission decisions are not based on GRE scores, but they help with advisement.

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