Your goal statement should be typed and no more than 2 pages in length. It should reflect your future goals, your strengths, and your weaknesses. It needs to be concise and to the point. Your goal statement will be reviewed as a writing sample, so be sure to write clearly and succinctly and check your punctuation and spelling.

Please address the following:

  • What is your current position; how long have you been in it; describe your major responsibilities.
  • Describe your desired advanced practice specialty area and describe why you have chosen that specialization
  • Describe your career goals and your potential for leadership
  • If you believe that your academic record or test scores do not accurately reflect your ability to do graduate work, you may wish to attach a statement to this page that describes additional factors that you feel merit consideration. Examples might be: experiences that indicate unusual determination, motivation, or leadership characteristics; adverse conditions (e.g., illness); obligations (e.g., family responsibilities); or cultural, linguistic, or economic factors.

Please upload the statement through your Admissions Profile in MyUI. Be sure to include your name and University ID number at the top of the statement.


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