Admissions

Admission Requirements | Required Application Materials | Application Deadlines | Four-Step Application Process

 

Thank you for your interest in the Bridge to the Doctorate program – an educational and socialization program aimed at cultivating the next generation of minority nurse scientists. This collaborative partnership between Winston Salem State University (WSSU) Division of Nursing and Duke University School of Nursing provides opportunities to MSN nursing students at WSSU to seamlessly transition into PhD programs at Duke University.

Requirements for the Bridge program have been carefully selected and are outlined below. Admissions decisions consider a variety of factors and are made based on the quality of the prospect’s application. The four-step application process is outlined below.

Application Deadline for Cohort 2015: March 1, 2015

Admission Requirements

  • Bridge scholars are members of racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE program.
  • GRE scores. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test within the last five years prior to application. If the GRE was taken after August 2011, a total score of 300 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections is required. If the GRE was taken prior to August 2011, a total score of 1000 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections is required.
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 (based on a 4.0 scale) and a grade of B or higher in all nursing coursework.
  • Evidence of unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in North Carolina or Compact state.
  • One year of professional nursing experience is preferred

 

Required Application Materials

  • Completed WSSU Application (available at the Graduation Admissions Office or online) and pay $50.00 application fee.
  • Completed MSN Application (as indicated below).
  • A written statement demonstrating evidence of congruence between professional goals and level of commitment and the goals and objectives of the Bridges to the Doctorate program.
  • A copy of a North Carolina or State Compact nursing License.
  • A sample of independent written work. Representative examples include a scholarly paper or report. Both the writing style (i.e., grammar, punctuation, and spelling) and content of responses will be used in the overall evaluation of each applicant.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Three references from individuals with expertise to comment on the applicant’s capability for research and scholarship; at least one of the references must be from the undergraduate nursing research faculty.

Admission Deadlines

Application Process: Action: Deadline: Contact:
Step 1 The WSSU Admissions Process February 15
Winston Salem State University
Graduate Admissions Office
206 Thompson Center
601 S. MLK Jr. Drive
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27110
Step 2 The Division of Nursing Supplemental Admissions Process February 15 Ms. Marion Wilson
Step 3 The Bridge to the Doctorate Admissions Process March 1 Ms. Carol E. Wilson
Administrative Support
(336) 750-8039

 

Step 4 The Review, Personal Interview and Notification Process April 30

 

A Four–Step Application Process

Applying to the WSSU- Duke Nursing Bridge to the Doctorate

Step 1 – The WSSU Admission Process

Complete a WSSU application at the Graduate Admissions Office or Apply online.

  • Apply as a "Graduate" student for the "Spring Term" of the upcoming year.
  • Pay $50.00 admissions application fee. You may pay the nonrefundable application fee of $50 directly online using a debit/credit card. Should you wish to pay the fee with a check or money order, please print and return the application agreement statement that appears after you submit the application, and return the printed agreement along with the nonrefundable fee of $50 to:

Winston Salem State University-Office of Admissions
206 Thompson Center
601 S. MLK Jr. Drive
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27110

  • Submit one (1) set of official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts should be submitted to the above address.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendations(pdf) from former professors, current employers, or persons well acquainted with the applicant's academic potential. Please refer to the admissions requirements for the chosen degree program regarding additional recommendation requirements.
  • Submit GRE, MAT or GMAT scores.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15
All items must be received in the Admissions Office by this deadline.

Step 2 - The Division of Nursing Supplemental Admissions Process:

Contact Ms. Marion Wilson (wilsonmj@wssu.edu) for a copy of the MSN application. You will need to submit the following materials:

  • A complete MSN application form.
  • An official report of GRE Score.
  • A Professional Curriculum Vitae.
  • A copy of your North Carolina or State Compact nursing License.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15
All items must be received in the Admissions Office by this deadline. Requested materials should be mailed to:

Winston Salem State University
Division of Nursing – MSN Office
208 FL Atkins Building
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27110

Step 3 –The Bridge to the Doctorate Admissions Process:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1
The following items must be received by Ms. Carol Wilson at the address listed below by this deadline:

  • A letter requesting consideration for admission to the Bridge to the Doctorate.
  • An essay addressing your professional and educational goals, preparation for the Bridge program, and qualifications that would make you a good candidate for a career in biomedical or behavioral research.
  • A sample of your writing. Representative examples include a scholarly paper or report.
  • Three references from qualified individuals who are able comment on your ability to engage in research and scholarship; at least one of the references must be from an undergraduate nursing research faculty. (These may be the same as references used for the application to the MSN program, provided they speak to your research and scholarship ability.)
  • The Bridge team will obtain from the MSN program copies of the GRE score, transcripts, professional CV and nursing license.

Bridge admission materials should be submitted as a packet to:

Ms. Carol Wilson
Administrative Coordinator
208 FL Atkins Building
Winston Salem State University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
wilsonce@wssu.edu
(336) 750-8039

Step 4 –The Review, Interview and Notification Process:

NOTIFICATION DEADLINE: April 30

Once the Bridge Admission Team receives all required information, it is forwarded to faculty for review. Select students will be contacted to schedule a personal interview. Following the interview, applicants will be notified of final admission decisions.

Our Admission staff is available to answer questions about the program and provide support throughout the application process. We look forward to working with you. For more information about applying for the Bridge to the Doctorate, please contact:

Ms. Carol E. Wilson, Administrative Support
wilsonce@wssu.edu
(336) 750-8039