You can enter the PhD in Nursing as a post-BSN student. This “Fast Track” program option is for academically talented BSN graduates who are passionate about research and committed to becoming a nurse researcher. The curriculum is designed as a full-time four-year 79 credit BSN-PhD program. Course work in nursing and other sciences is emphasized during the earlier portion of an individualized program of study. As you continue through the program, time is increasingly devoted to research conducted under the supervision of a faculty researcher.
The BSN-PhD “Fast Track” entry pathway is designed for nurses with an earned bachelor’s degree in nursing. BSN graduates interested in a research degree are encouraged to consider doctoral study early in their careers.
The BSN-PhD program includes the Nursing major and a minor. The Nursing major includes course work in the following areas: Substantive Area of Research, Scientist/Academic Role, Philosophy and Theory, Research Methods, and Dissertation.
The minor requirement can be met in one of two ways, both of which must receive prior approval from the Dissertation Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
- Nursing Minor: Students may select an area of study within the nursing curriculum, such as Informatics, Rural Health, Border Health, Biological Injury, Reducing Risks and Promoting Health in Vulnerable Populations, or Managing Consequences of Aging or Chronic Illness.
- Outside Minor: A student may choose another area or discipline for a minor. Other areas may include anthropology, psychology, management & policy, or sociology. Note: This coursework may not be available via online technology. In addition, departments or colleges may require more than 9 credits to qualify as an official minor. While outside minors are possible, students will need to make special arrangements with the minor department, as well as their academic advisors. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an inside minor.
Students must successfully defend the dissertation within 5 years of completion of written and oral examinations.
For more information contact:
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