How do I become a member of Sigma Theta Tau International?

  • If you are not currently a student and would like to be inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International, please refer to the eligibility criteria, and complete an online interest form by choosing "Nominate a non-student colleague for membership" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Membership page or contact Dr. Sallie Strauss for a form. Be sure to mark Epsilon Psi as your preferred chapter.
  • If you are an Epsilon Psi member and would like to nominate a non-student nursing leader, please complete the online nomination form by choosing "Nominate a non-student colleague for membership" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Membership page or contact Dr. Sallie Strauss for a form.
  • If you are currently a student at Radford University, Dr. Sallie Strauss will contact eligible persons in early 2010.
  • If you are currently a member of another chapter, consider transferring your membership to Epsilon Psi or holding dual membership!
  • If you have let your membership with Epsilon Psi lapse, renew today.

Qualifications for Regular Membership

From the Epsilon Psi Chapter Bylaws:

  • Candidates shall have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity, professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing.
  • Candidates shall be elected from students enrolled in: 1) baccalaureate and master's programs* which have been accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body for professional nursing; and, 2) post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral 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.
  • Basic Program: Basic program is defined as a 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 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: Programs of graduate study in nursing include master, post-master, doctoral, post-doctoral. Nurses matriculated for master or post-master programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. Nurses matriculated for doctoral or post-doctoral programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. 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.
  • A community nurse leader, with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree, who has demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, or publication shall be eligible for membership in any chapter. The majority have degrees in nursing, but exception can be made for bachelor's degrees in other fields if achievement if nursing is outstanding.