Nursing: BSN to PhD
Jump into a quality PhD program, starting from your BSN. This online, primarily asynchronous, part-time plan of study allows flexibility and the capacity to move through the program in as little as four years. This program is perfect for someone who wants a fast-track to research and scholarly pursuits.
BSN to PhD is a new program that started in fall 2022. View a detailed plan of study .
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University Admission Requirements
A applicant to this program must:
- have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association.
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned
The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
Prior to enrolling in nursing coursework students must meet health and safety compliance requirements, to include drug testing, a criminal background check, a physical examination, and several immunizations. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in dismissal from the major.
International applicants must comply with the International Applicant Requirements as directed by the Illinois State University Office of Admissions. Please apply early in the application time frame to ensure adequate time to review transcripts.
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
Have a BSN degree must be from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at time of admission.
Submit your current resume.
Write a three to five page double spaced essay that outlines your research interests and career goals.
Registered Nurse License
Submit a copy of your current RN license in your state of residence.
Include on the application the names and email addresses of at least two professional or academic references from persons qualified to assess your potential to succeed in the PhD program. One reference must be from a doctoral prepared nurse. Your recommender will receive instructions to complete and upload this reference form to the recommender site.
International students applying to this program must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 band. Additionally, international applicants must submit a Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report from CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). Applicants must comply with the International Applicant Requirements. Please apply early in the application process to ensure adequate time to review transcripts and Credential Evaluation Reports.
Please refer to International Enrollments in ISU Online and Hybrid Programs Disclosure and Disclaimer Statement site prior to submitting an application.
- Fall Term — July 15 preferred
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
We offer tuition waivers to students who show promise for success and have not received a fellowship or other funding awards. Waivers cover tuition only. Recipients are responsible for any fees. Tuition waivers are subject to funding availability. An email will be sent to all graduate students from the graduate coordinator prior to each deadline stating whether applications are being accepted. No more than three thesis audit hours can be covered by tuition waivers.