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Ph.D. in Nursing Requirements

The 54-credit (minimum) program leads to the Ph.D. in Nursing.

An M.S. in Nursing is required. The program offers strong foundations in both nursing science and research. Two graduate-level statistics courses are required. In addition, a concentration of nursing education courses is offered to prepare not only nurse scientists, but also those who will assume roles as faculty members in schools of nursing.

Seminar-Style Courses 

A seminar format is used for most nursing courses. Inherent in this decision is the faculty’s belief that nursing education fosters collegiality, collaboration, leadership and professional growth. The faculty facilitates learning by inviting the review and critique of selected topics and readings. You will select readings appropriate to the topic for seminar discussion. Within a supportive environment, you are encouraged to challenge and debate ideas and to work toward solutions. Thus, the responsibility for learning rests with you and your commitment to scholarship and the advancement of the science of nursing.

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation

Following completion of 48 credits of course work, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to be admitted to candidacy and begin working on the required dissertation. The dissertation guidance process follows the formal defense of the student’s research proposal.

Planning for your dissertation begins early in the program through courses designed to assist with this research process. The dissertation requires two semesters of work and 6 credits of dissertation advisement, at a minimum. The successful oral defense of the dissertation is the last step in the program before graduation.

Length of Program

Course work is usually completed within three years. Most courses are offered on one day a week. Students are admitted only in the fall semester and proceed through the program in cohorts. Procedures for the program, progression, oral defense, leaves of absence, graduation, etc., are outlined in the Doctoral Student Handbook provided to all students following admission to the program.

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The deadline for application for the fall semester is January 15.


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