Iota Omega Chapter Membership

Membership

Membership in Sigma Theta Tau sets you apart as one of a select group of nurses who has demonstrated a personal commitment to nursing excellence.  Better health care.  Healthier patients.  Smarter nurses.  This is our mission, our dream, our essence.  Membership is more than an academic destination; it's a dynamic partnership to be integrated and renewed throughout your career.

What is Sigma Theta Tau International?
Sigma Theta Tau International is an honor society of nursing committed to fostering excellence, scholarship and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide.  The Society promotes the use of nursing research in health care delivery and makes its resources available to all people and institutions interested in the latest knowledge in nursing care.

Sigma Theta Tau International was founded in 1922 and has a membership of more than 280,000 members active in more than 90 countries.  It has chapters located at 503 college and university schools of nursing worldwide.  44% of the Society's members are clinicians, 27% are administrators or supervisors, and 21% are educators.  60% of its members hold master's and/or doctoral degrees.

How can I become a member?
By accepting an invitation to membership from a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Membership Criteria:

Undergraduate students must have:

  1. Completed one-half of the nursing curriculum
  2. At least a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Rank in the upper 35% of their graduating class
  4. Meet the expectation of academic integrity
  5. Obtain two endorsements

RN students must have:

  1. Completed 12 credit hours at current school
  2. Completed one-half of the nursing curriculum
  3. At least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Rank in the upper 35% of their graduating class
  5. Meet the expectation of academic integrity
  6. Obtain two endorsements

Master's degree students must have:

  1. Completed one-quarter of the nursing curriculum
  2. At least a GPA of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale)

Doctoral degree students must have:

  1. Completed one-quarter of the nursing curriculum
  2. At least a GPA of 3.75 (based on a 4.0 scale)

Community Leaders /nurse professionals must:

  1. Be a registered nurse
  2. Hold at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field
  3. Have held a professional nursing license for at least five years
  4. Have demonstrated marked achievement in nursing education, practice, research, administration or publication

How can a nurse qualify for membership after graduation?
Potential members with at least a baccalaureate degree who have demonstrated marked achievement in education, practice, research, or publication may apply for membership as a Community Leader.  Degrees are expected to be in nursing; however, a baccalaureate degree in another field is acceptable.

May a student apply if they are in an educational program without a chapter?
No, students may become members only through the school they are attending which must have a chapter.  However, if the undergraduate or graduate program has national accreditation, the students may work with the faculty and graduates to develop a chapter.

Are graduates from a school which has a chapter eligible to apply for membership in the chapter after graduation, if they did not apply as students?
If the graduate qualified for membership while a student, graduated within the last year, and was unaware of his/her eligibility, the individual may request to apply under student criteria.  Otherwise, 5 years post graduation, the alumnus may apply to any chapter as a community Leader if they meet the criteria for community leader membership.

Are RN's eligible for membership if they have graduated from an associate degree or diploma program?
No.

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