2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) 
    
    May 30, 2020  
2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Health Sciences


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School of Health Sciences

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

  1. Telephone interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the dean (or designee).
  2. Conditional Admission may be available for this program.

MS in Health Informatics

  1. Telephone interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the dean (or designee).
  2. Conditional Admission may be available for this program.

PhD in Health Services

  1. Telephone interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the dean (or designee).
  2. An essay may be required for admission to the PhD program.
  3. Conditional Admission may be available for this program.

PhD in Public Health

  1. Applicants entering with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution, may be considered for admission provided that their cumulative undergraduate GPA is greater than 3.0. Walden University reserves the right to review such applicants through a university committee.
  2. Telephone interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the dean (or designee).
  3. Conditional Admission may be available for this program.

PhD in Nursing

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. A master’s degree in nursing (with a minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional, specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Dept. of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the admitting degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 

U.S. Admissions Policy

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. A Master’s degree in Nursing, or equivalent, from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution with a specialization approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in Master’s degree coursework.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. Admission requires a master’s degree in nursing from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in master’s degree coursework.

Early Conditional Admission Option

Students currently enrolled in their last term of an accredited Associate’s Degree of Nursing program may apply for early conditional admission to the BSN, BSN-AIM, or RN-MSN programs. Students who are admitted conditionally will need to provide and satisfy the following prior to their desired start date:

  1. Official transcript showing conferral of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma.
    • Degree GPA of the Associate’s Degree or Nursing Diploma must be 2.5 or higher for RN-MSN.
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.
    • Cumulative GPA from all prior college credit completed must be 2.0 or higher for BSN program, and 2.5 or higher for BSN-AIM.
  3. Documented proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories.
  4. International nurses must have the equivalent of a RN license in their home country.
  5. All other admission requirements for the BSN, BSN-AIM, or RN-MSN program are satisfied.


Note: Early admission is not available for the following RN-MSN specializations: Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Transcripts of courses taken to obtain the RN license will be evaluated.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. Admission to the BSN-MSN track requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Applicants to the RN-MSN track must present an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. Applicants to the RN-MSN track must have one of these two nursing degrees conferred. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the admitting degree. Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, or Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializations must submit a work experience form demonstrating 2 years of experience as a licensed RN. Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, or Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializations must submit a clinical site identification form to identify appropriate potential clinical sites for practicum. Applicants must have an active registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories. International nurses must have the equivalent of a RN license in their home country. References may be contacted if deemed necessary. Graduates from associate degree or diploma programs must complete, at minimum, undergraduate credits of general education courses as listed below. Students may choose to complete these general education requirements at Walden as a part of their provisional admission into the MSN program. Students completing provisional coursework at Walden must earn a C or better in each course and maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Courses Number
Communication (including one college composition course) 2 courses
Humanities 2 courses
Social/Behavioral Sciences 2 courses
Mathematics and Science (including microbiology and anatomy and physiology) 3 courses
Statistics 1 course
Electives 1 course
Total 11 courses

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN AIM-RN to BSN to MSN track)

U.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. Applicants to the BSN Completion Program must present an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. Walden University will not accept applications without one of these two nursing degrees conferred. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate level coursework. Please refer to the following page for degrees completed outside of the United States: http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=103&navoid=26501

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN-RN to BSN Track)

U.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories that is current, active, and in good standing through the start date of their intended program. International nurses must have the equivalent of a U.S. RN license. Determining equivalency may require applicants to submit an additional evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or the Global Transcript Evaluation Team (GTE service offered by Walden University). Applicants with current disciplinary actions or restrictions will not be admissible. Any prior or concluded disciplinary actions will require additional verification to determine admissibility. Applicants to the BSN Completion Program must present an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. Walden University will not accept applications without one of these two nursing degrees conferred. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate level coursework. Please refer to the following page for degrees completed outside of the United States: http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=103&navoid=26501