Wilkes University

Ph.D. in Nursing

Ph.D. in Nursing

Online Ph.D. in Nursing Program

Our online Ph.D. program empowers you with the next-level skills and knowledge necessary to become a better leader, researcher, scholar, and educator in the health care industry.

Online Format:

Wilkes University’s Ph.D. program is fully online—except for one on site, 3-day weekend seminar at the start of the program—and can be completed in as little as three years. Students in this program will learn how to synthesize empirical and theoretical literature from nursing and other disciplines regarding nursing education and clinical practice, as well as design a comprehensive nursing research study, critically evaluate research findings, and contribute to the field of nursing science through the dissemination of research findings.

Admission requirements include:

  • Master’s level nursing degree
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher from master’s level degree granting institution
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Letter of intent describing your career goals, professional interests, and the reason you are pursuing a Ph.D. degree to the Admissions Committee
  • Two recommendations from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty who can attest to your ability to be successful in a Ph.D. program
  • Official transcripts from master’s degree program
Course of Study
  • NSG 615 (1) Introductory Seminar
  • NSG 616 (3) Philosophy of Science
  • NSG 617 (3) Theory in Nursing Education
  • NSG 618 (3) Health Care Issues and Policies
  • NSG 619 (3) The Research Process
  • NSG 620 (3) Seminar I
  • NSG 621 (3) Statistics
  • NSG 623 (3) Quantitative Research and Analysis I
  • NSG 624 (3) Qualitative Research and Analysis
  • NSG 625 (3) Quantitative Research and Analysis II
  • NSG 626 (3) Measurement and Data Collection
  • NSG 622 (3) Writing for Grants and Publication
  • NSG 627 (3) Seminar II
  • NSG 628 (1) Ph.D. Competency
  • NSG 629 (3) Dissertation Seminar
  • NSG 630 (3) Dissertation Implementation I
  • NSG 631 (3) Dissertation Implementation II

Students may be required to take up to 6 credits of additional coursework in preparation for the dissertation topic chosen. This decision will be determined in NSG 615. Students must complete these additional credits prior to enrollment in NSG 628.

Students who have not successfully completed data collection by the conclusion of NSG 630 will be required to enroll in an additional 3-credit, 12-week “elective” course. More than one
of these “elective” courses may be taken if needed to complete data collection. Students who have not successfully defended their dissertations by the conclusion of NSG 631 will be required to enroll in an additional 3-credit, 12-week “elective” course. More than one of these “elective” courses may be taken if needed to complete the dissertation. Students must complete the program, including dissertation defense, within 7 years from the date of enrollment.

*Fully online except for an on site, 3-day weekend seminar.

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