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Derrick Meads

Director of External Relations and Communications

College of Nursing

315 College of Nursing Building

859-323-2907

The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to promote health and well-being through excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service while fostering diversity and inclusion.

Doctoral Program Description

The goal of the PhD Program, which is ranked among the top eight programs in the U.S. by the National Research Council, is to prepare students to conduct clinical research that generates new knowledge applicable to nursing practice. A foundation of research and scholarship gained at the master's level is further enhanced at the doctoral level. Our students are prepared to assume roles in a variety of settings, from private industry to community colleges to top research-intensive nursing schools affiliated with major academic health centers. 

Doctoral Application Requirements

Nursing Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions CV should include education, licensures, certifications, work experience, honors and awards, and any publications or presentations on which you were author or coauthor.
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions In one-to-three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, short- and long-term academic and career goals, and your area of research interest. Provide a self-evaluation of your motivation, initiative, and the potential for independent learning; include an example of leadership experience where initiative and self-motivation were important to success.
Writing Sample Upload Required Required for BSN--PhD Applicants only; Not required for MSN--PhD applicants.
Writing Sample Instructions Provide an example of scholarly written work that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically.
Assistantship App Available* Yes
Assistantship App URL*  
Additional Docs Instructions Current, unencumbered RN licensure in Kentucky is required for applicants to the post-BSN Option to the PhD program in nursing, prior to first clinical course.
GRE or GMAT GRE - The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is not required for admission, but highly recommended; GRE scores are used for competitive funding opportunities, particularly from the UK Graduate School.
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline October 15 - Applicants will be considered after this deadline on a space available basis.
Fall App Deadline February 15 - Applicants will be considered after this deadline on a space available basis.
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation

*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admission Officer Contact Information

Vivian Bowling

201A Gillis Building
859-257-4619
vivian.bowling@uky.edu


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Derrick Meads

Director of External Relations and Communications

College of Nursing

315 College of Nursing Building

859-323-2907

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