The Ph.D. is a research degree. The course work and dissertation prepare graduates to conduct research, publish, provide leadership to the profession and contribute overall to the nursing discipline’s knowledge base.
The role of the nurse scientist is always paramount after receiving a PhD. One contributes to contemporary nursing leadership as well. In this program, there is a concentration in nursing education. The program prepares graduates to assume positions as nursing faculty. Research and scholarship are essential parts of the role of a nursing faculty member.
A concentration is a group of courses in a program. In this program, three nursing education doctoral-level courses (9 credits) are required as part of the 48 credits and help to prepare for the faculty role.
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Many individuals prefer to contribute their research and scholarship in the area of administration, research and healthcare outcomes improvement. The program director can help you to explore these options. It is important to note that most nurses with PhDs do participate in teaching at some point in their career, in clinical and academic settings.
The course work is a total of 48 credits followed by at least a yearlong dissertation phase. Students take two to three courses a semester and finish course work in 3 years. There is no option of taking only one course at a time.
Yes. Courses are planned in what is termed executive format, meeting each Friday, throughout all semesters.
See the admission requirements section for the Ph.D. program. All materials are due by January 15 in the Office of University Admissions for fall admission. We assist students who have not had a recent graduate statistics course by offering one in the summer before fall admission. There is no spring admission. Students enter in fall and proceed in cohorts throughout their course work.
Apply online or contact the Office of University Admissions at 516.877.3050. You may also contact the Director of the PhD Program directly as 516.877.4532 for any information. Go to Graduate Record Examination website for more information on the test. There are three parts to the exam—verbal, quantitative and analytic—with three scores obtained.
Yes. There is financial aid in the form of the Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program for students as well as graduate student assistantships. For more information see the Nurse Faculty Loan Program on the Health Resources and Services Administration website. Graduate assistantships require students to assist faculty with their research, which may entail data entry, library searches and assisting in conducting interviews.
We admit 6 to 8 students each fall. Doctoral courses are offered in a seminar format requiring that admission numbers remain small.
No. All applicants are reviewed at the same time by an admissions panel after the January 15 deadline. Interviews with faculty members are then requested of qualified applicants. Following the interviews, selections are made for admission. The applicant’s goals must fit with the goals of the program.
No. All applicants are reviewed based on the published admissions criteria and following the faculty interview of each qualified applicant.
The M.S. is required because the course work builds on the degree. However, some qualified applicants may be asked to take a number of courses in our M.S. program before beginning doctoral courses. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.
Our courses are at the doctoral level and focus on topics such as diverse learners and research in nursing education for applicants who have completed Master’s level nursing education courses.
Doctoral programs in nursing are not accredited in the same way as B.S. and M.S. programs, or by the same accrediting bodies. This program was approved by the University and New York State, and was developed using PhD curriculum guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and other essential documents.
The Ph.D. and D.N.Sc. are both research degrees. Currently, the trend is toward Ph.D. programs. The D.N.P. is a clinical doctorate, not a research degree. Your career goals determine which program to choose. In most universities, faculty positions usually require the research degree, especially for tenure track positions. For more information, go to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Informational Open Houses are scheduled on a monthly basis and in the evening. For a schedule of our Open Houses, call 516.877.4540.