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PhD Program in Nursing Science (NUS)

Admission Requirements

The College is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants who are highly motivated to achieve the doctoral program objectives. Admission to the program is based on a number of factors that measure a student's potential for academic success at the doctoral level.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the program:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited nursing program.*
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Scored competitively on the quantitative, verbal and analytic portions of the GRE.
  • Demonstrated commitment to doctoral study and scholarly productivity.
  • Potential research interests compatible with those of current faculty.
  • Personal interview with the Assistant Dean for the PhD Program.
  • Licensed as a Florida Registered Nurse prior to enrolling in clinical course work.
  • Evidence of potential for leadership in nursing profession.

*Applicants with degrees in other fields may also be considered.


All admitted nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening.  Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process. 

Complete By:

First week of class

Required Immunizations:

MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot

Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

* Applies only to those who are doing clinical coursework or collecting clinical data.

For More Information:

The College of Nursing offers prospective students a number of ways to obtain more information about Graduate programs: