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College of Nursing

Qualifications for Membership

Sigma Theta Tau Membership Information

Candidates shall:

  • have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity, professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing.
  • be elected from students enrolled in:
    • baccalaureate and master's programs* which have been accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body for professional nursing; and,
    • postmaster, doctoral, and postdoctoral nursing programs. Students who have completed at least one-half of the required nursing component of the baccalaureate curriculum or a minimum of one-fourth of the required graduate curriculum and have demonstrated ability in nursing shall be eligible.

      *Proviso: Students from newly established graduate programs applying for initial accreditation within two years will be eligible.

  • be elected from Community Nurse Leaders. A Community Nurse Leader is a registered nurse, with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree, who has demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, or publication shall be eligible. The majority have degrees in nursing, but exceptions can be made for baccalaureate degree in other fields if achievement in nursing is outstanding.


  • Basic Programa baccalaureate or higher degree program which leads to the first professional degree. Students shall have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, i.e., "B" or the second highest grade of the institution as indicated by the official record of grades. Basic students who are elected shall rank not lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in scholarship. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter's Eligibility and Membership Committee when a student has a qualifying grade point average in the nursing major, has demonstrated consistent progress in academic achievement, and meets, to a high level, the other qualifications for membership. When grade averages are not available, the use of a reliable and valid measure, such as a rating tool, shall be used to determine scholastic achievement.
  • Programs of graduate study - include master, postmaster, doctoral, postdoctoral Nurses matriculated for graduate study in nursing are eligible for membership if they have achieved a grade point average of significantly higher than the minimum requirement for graduation. When grade averages are not available, the use of reliable and valid measures, such as a rating tool, shall be used to determine scholastic achievement.

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