Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

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program offered online. The PhD program prepares nurse researchers, scholars, and educators in academic nursing and/or healthcare settings. PhD graduates will be prepared to conduct health equity research through experimentation and theory application, and thus will generate knowledge to impact education, practice, and policy. Student who possess an unencumbered RN license or equivalent with an earned Master's degree or higher are eligible to apply.

Program Highlights

Graduates of the PhD program will be prepared to: 

  • Conduct rigorous nursing and interdisciplinary research
  • Generate new knowledge that guides nursing practice
  • Lead research in educational program, clinical education, and learn evaluations to prepare future nurses

PhD Curriculum

7 Traditional Semesters

Year 1  

Semester 1

Semester 2

NURS 8111: Philosophy of Science (3) NURS 8113: Health Equity Research (3)
NURS 8112: Middle Range Theories & Health Equity (3) PUBH 7150: Biostatistical Methods I (3)
NURS 8213: Quantitative Methods (3) NURS 8311: Doctoral Research Seminar I (3)
Year 2  

Semester 3

Semester 4

NURS 8312: Doctoral Research Seminar II (3) NURS 8314: Doctoral Research Practicum (2) 
NURS 8211: Qualitative Methods (3)  EDPR 8541: Statistical Methods & Apps in Ed (3) 
PUBH 7160: Social & Behavioral Science (3) ICL 8003: Curriculum Design Evaluation (3)
  NURS 8313: Responsible Conduct of Research (1)
Year 3  

Semester 5

Semester 6

NURS 9000: Doctoral Dissertation (3) NURS 9000: Doctoral Dissertation (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3) 
Elective (3) Elective (3)
Year 4  

Semester 7

NURS 9000: Doctoral Dissertation (6)*  

For detailed information about the PhD program, including policies, course names and descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

  • To qualify for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing, the student must complete a minimum of 48 semester hours of graduate coursework beyond the Master's degree.
  • No more than seven (7) credit hours in which a grade of C or below was earned will be counted toward degree requirements.
  • Students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for graduation, and grades of D or F will not apply toward the graduate degree.

Tuition and Fees

For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services.

Contact Us

Dr. Eric Bailey II
Assistant Dean of Nursing Students

Dr. Annapoorna Mary
Director, PhD Program


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