Honors Program

Honors Program

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The Honors Program provides a challenging academic experience for our most intellectually gifted, motivated, and inquisitive students. Students in the Honors Program have the opportunity to explore issues that are relevant to nursing and society at an in-depth level. Honors Program participants build a dynamic collaborative network through cohort and mentoring relationships, have increased opportunities to explore nursing, and are exposed to a range of innovative methods of inquiry. Throughout their experience, Honors students develop leadership skills and an appreciation of nurses’ social responsibility. Honors students conduct research or a scholarly project, write a thesis and present their work to the community of scholars. Graduates are recognized for their honors work at the time of graduation with the distinctions of Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.

Honors Program students receive priority consideration for merit based scholarships. At graduation, students receive an Honors designation on their degree which is internationally recognized as a mark of scholarly distinction. All honors program students will receive financial support to present at a conference or workshop related to their thesis. Honors students also have the opportunity to explore the health professions and interact with health leaders and professionals. 

The Honors Program covers four semesters that culminates in a thesis. The thesis can include, but is not limited to, a research project, policy analysis, leadership project, or health promotion, disease prevention project. Each Honors student will receive intensive mentoring from a Faculty mentor who is an expert in their area of interest. To maintain participation in the Honors Program, the student must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Successfully complete the four designated Honors courses with a grade of B or above
  • Make normal progress toward completion of the thesis

After a competitive review process, admission to the Honors Program is available to a select group of exemplary students.

To be eligible:

  • Students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Exceptions to the 3.5 GPA requirement may be made by the Honors Program Committee on an individual basis. 
  • Students must have completed their nursing prerequisites at a four-year institution. 
  • Students must be obtaining their first bachelor's degree.

Please note that students who are considered for the Honors Program typically have a 3.7 GPA, experience in social responsibility, global health, research, demonstrate leadership potential, or other forms of scholarly success.