Enrolling in DNS

Do you have a desire to impact health care delivery? Do you see yourself as an active participant in the future of nursing and nursing education? Do you wish to participate in a community of learning and scholarship to advance your skills in leadership and teaching?  Then this program may well be for you.

Deadline for Admission is February 21, 2014

Information for Enrolling in the Program

Admission Requirements
Transfer Credits
Advanced Standing
Program Timeline

Admission Requirements

  1. A masters degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or its international equivalent.
  2. A GPA in the masters program of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. (For those who have not achieved a GPA of 3.5, a small percentage of candidates may be admitted on a provisional basis.)
  3. An application to the Sage Graduate Schools
  4. All official transcripts from all graduate programs attended.
  5. An academic curriculum vitae including participation in research, community organizations, professional organizations, continuing education, certifications, and publications.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from academically qualified individuals. These letters should specifically address the candidates' strengths, evidence of potential to become a leader/educator in nursing, ability to complete program successfully, and vision for role upon completion of the program.
  7. A writing sample: three to four page essay addressing your personal philosophy of education and leadership, post-doctorate career goals and how you anticipate the program will help you achieve those goals.
  8. Interview with core faculty or program director.
  9. Current registered nurse license or its international equivalent.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited institution toward the DNS degree at the Sage Graduate Schools if the coursework was taken within three years of the first DNS course taken at Sage. Classes where the student achieved a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Transfer credit approval is granted by the doctoral program director and the Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Advanced Standing

Candidates, who have previously completed post-masters courses or greater than 42 credits in their previous masters degree in a related area of program competencies within the last three years, may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Some of those credits may be applied toward the required nursing cognates. The program director and admissions committee determine the acceptability for advanced standing.

Program Timeline

Annually, a cohort group will begin the program in the fall. The sequential course scheduling recommended provides consistent contact with faculty and peers through the fall, spring, and summer terms for three years. Students must complete the program within a maximum of six years.