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.

Application Guidelines


Part 1: Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should:

  • hold or be eligible for an unrestricted RN license in Tennessee and have earned a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. If the baccalaureate degree is in Nursing, it must be from a program accredited by a national level body responsible for nursing accreditation. If the baccalaureate degree is not in nursing, the applicant must have completed a master's degree in Nursing.
  • have a research interest that matches with the PhD in Nursing faculty's program of research.
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • have a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) combined score totaling at least 300 for the verbal and quantitative sections.
  • It is recommended that applicants have completed at least an undergraduate statistics and research course.

Part 2: The Application Process

Students may apply on-line. There is no application fee.

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).

Official test scores and three letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the contributing source and not by the student to:

Office of Enrollment Services
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 525
Memphis, TN 38163

*International or non US applicants, please see Part 3.

Part 3: International Students

International applicants must present:

  • 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 4: Academic Standards

These admission requirements are consistent with the criteria for admission to the College of Graduate Health Sciences of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Academic standards include admission process, admission requirements, and all policies governing the progression and graduation of students.

Part 5: Laptop Required & Essential Computer Skills

  • Must own a web-connected laptop.
  • Computer/web-based literacy skills expected.
  • Once accepted, students will referred to the UTHSC College of Nursing Computer and Software Requirements.

Part 6: Enrollment Commitment Form

The CGHS does not require an enrollment fee or GED. Students just need to return a signed Enrollment Commitment Form.

Future Student
Contact Information

Jamie Overton, M.A.Ed.
Director of Student Affairs
920 Madison, #1021
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6139
joverton@uthsc.edu

Shawn Boyd
Coordinator
920 Madison, #1033
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6141
sboyd15@uthsc.edu

Roylynn Germain
Student Affairs - Admin Coordinator
920 Madison, #1020
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6125
rgermain@uthsc.edu

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