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Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS)

The School of Nursing at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico will admit its first class of DNS students in August 2012.

The application deadline is March 14, 2014

Program Objectives

The nurse candidate who completes this program will acquire substantive, meaningful knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate theories in order to promote expansion of theoretical bases for nursing practice models.
  2. Conduct research studies that reflect a commitment to logical, ethical and epistemological dimensions and which contribute to the development of knowledge that advances nursing discipline and intervention models.
  3. Exercise leadership as researcher through generation and application of new knowledge to advance the profession and contribute to a nursing practice based on evidence.
  4. Work in collaboration with other health care professionals, as well as professionals from other disciplines, in culturally relevant research.
  5. Develop public policy projects that are geared to dealing with problems related to providing services in the work, government, professional and community settings, which are based on research findings
  6. Use scientific inquiry in the process of problem solving and decision making about issues related to the practice of the discipline.

Admission Process

The Doctor of Nursing Science, as a research-focused doctoral program prepares students to pursue intellectual inquiry and conduct independent research for the purpose of extending knowledge and improve practice. For this reason, the admission process is done on a competitive basis. The DNS program has its own admission formula base on: GPA from Master's degree in Nursing (20%), EXADEP or GRE (20%), essay on professional goals and research interest (30%), scholarly writing (20%), and an interview with Graduate Program Faculty (10%). Admission will be granted according to the highest rating, when applying this formula. Candidates with incomplete documents will not be considered.

Please complete all admission criteria and send documents to:

Central Admissions Office MSC
Doctor of Nursing Science Program
P O Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Admission Criteria to DNS Program

Fill the Medical Sciences Campus' Online Admissions Form

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Interview with DNS Admissions Committee member.
  2. Computer literacy and own a personal computer.
  3. Proficiency in speaking and writing Spanish and in reading and writing English.
  4. Participation in a three days Doctoral in Nursing Science seminar during the summer.

Estimate Costs Per Year

Tuition $7,000.00
Books and Supplies $2,000.00
UPR Fee $800.00
Basic Medical Insurance $947.00
Facilities Fee $94.00
Technology $50.00
Total $10,891.00

Foreign Students

Contact Admissions Office to obtain information of all required documents of admission. Academic records must be submitted through World Educational Services for conversion to the American System. This requirement also applies to all applicants that have studied in international universities. Cost of studies varies according to country of origin. For further information please contact the Collections' Office at 787-758-2525, ext. 1207.

Program of Study

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Inferential Statistics* 4 Construction Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Nursing 3
Philosophy of Nursing Sciences 3 Quantitative Research Methods 3
Qualitative Research Methods 3 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics* 3

Summer ICredits
Bioethics in Health Sciences2
Guided Study (Development and Validation of Research Instruments)2

Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Guided Research I 4 Guided Research II 4
Seminar I (Research and Practice Models) 3 Seminar II (Nursing Science and Public Policy) 2
Elective 3 Elective 3

Summer IICredits
Comprehensive Exam--

Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Doctoral Dissertation I 6 Doctoral Dissertation II 6

* To be given in the first and second trimester


Contact Us

Postal Address:
Central Admissions Office MSC
Doctor of Nursing Science Program
PO BOX 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067


Yamil Calderón López
yamil.calderon@upr.edu
Central Admissions Office MSC
787-758-2525, ext. 5230

Raiza Hidalgo
raiza.hidalgo1@upr.edu
Administrative Assistant
School of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs
(787) 758-2525, ext. 1089

Yadira Regueira, RN, MSN, PhD
yadira.regueira@upr.edu
Director of the Doctoral Program
787-758-2525, ext. 1985

Saraí Sánchez
sarai.sanchez1@upr.edu
Department of Graduate Studies
787-758-2525, ext. 1985
Fax: 787-759-3644


Edna Plaza
edna.plaza@upr.edu
School of Nursing
Admission Official
(787) 758-2525, ext. 1099