PhD Admission Requirements

The PhD in Nursing Program is housed within the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The PhD in Nursing curriculum is taught using traditional face-to-face seminars and Web-enhanced learning opportunities that include synchronous and asynchronous learning. In addition to courses taught by nursing faculty, students also enroll in courses with students admitted to other PhD programs administered by the College of Graduate Health Sciences.

Apply Early

Please don't wait until the night before a program deadline to submit your application. You should apply before the earliest deadline of the program(s) that you are applying to. This will allow the necessary time to verify and process your application. Please note that all application materials, including official transcripts from all schools attended and recommendation forms, must be postmarked on or before the deadline in order for your application to be considered.

February 1st 2015 is the application deadline for the Nursing Doctor of Philosophy program for the Fall 2015 cohort.

Application Guidelines

Part 1: Application Process

Complete the brief paper application.

International applicants only:

  • a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous education;
  • authorized college or university records, with certified translations if the records are in a language other than English;
  • evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide the student with adequate support during the period of registration as a student;
  • evidence of proficiency in English; and
  • documentation that the student can provide transportation from his/her country to The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and return.

Any applicant to the graduate program whose first language is not English must have achieved a minimum TOEFL Score earned within two (2) years prior to application to College of Nursing.

  • Official scores must be submitted from TOEFL.
  • Three versions of TOEFL: Paper-based Test (minimum score 550), Computer-based (minimum score 213), and Internet/web-based (minimum score 79).

Part 2: Transcripts

Acquire an official copy of ALL higher education transcripts by requesting that they are mailed directly to you -- DO NOT open the envelopes!

Part 3: Letters of Recommendation

Submit three recommendation letters. For the PhD program, recommenders should speak to your strong knowledge base for furthering research and/or the ability to succeed in a research-based program of study.Please request that your recommender return their completed letter of reference to YOU in a sealed envelope. Remind evaluators to write their signature on the back of the envelope across seam after they have sealed it.

Part 4: Essay

Write an essay on your research and clinical interests and why you are seeking to attain a PhD.

Part 5: Test Scores & Licenses

Photocopy your GRE results AND request that your official results are sent to UTHSC (code 1850) and College of Nursing (code1850).

Photocopy all your nursing license and any pertinent certifications.

Part 6: Application Documents

Place all of the above documents in one (1) large envelope. Personally deliver or mail the envelope to:

Office of Student Affairs.
Attn: Roylynn Germain
920 Madison Ave. Suite 1020
Memphis TN 38163

You will be contacted and given further instruction regarding your application within one (1) week of the receipt of your documents.

Application documents from any non-U.S. institution must be sent to and verified by a NACES accredited agency. All agencies charge a fee, but some agencies have programs that charge a flat fee and will send the verified transcript to specific institutions upon request (for example, the ICAP program provided by World Education Services).

Future Student
Contact Information

Jamie Overton, M.A.Ed.
Director of Student Affairs
920 Madison, #1021
Memphis, TN 38163

Shawn Boyd
920 Madison, #1033
Memphis, TN 38163

Roylynn Germain
Student Affairs - Admin Coordinator
920 Madison, #1020
Memphis, TN 38163

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