PhD in Nursing

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program are subject to the rules and regulations of the University, the Graduate College, the School of Nursing and HamptonU Online.  Admission to doctoral program is open to all qualified applicants who meet the requirements stated in the University Catalog.

In addition, admission to the doctoral program requires:

  1. A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  2. A graduate record Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 
  3. Completed online application. 
  4. A personal statement that delineates the applicant’s: 1) rationale for selecting Hampton University School of Nursing’s doctoral program, 2) description of goals and aspirations, 3) expectations of doctoral study, 4) previous research and scholarship, and 5) current research interest that could lead to the development of a dissertation.  The statement should be between 3 and 5 typed pages, double spaced, and in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font.
  5. A current curriculum vita that includes sections on Education, Research and Scholarly Activity, and Service.
  6. A current valid license to practice professional nursing in any state at the time of admission.
  7. A personal interview (at the student’s expense) with a faculty member who teaches in the doctoral program.
  8. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s professional qualifications are required. Letters should be on professional letterhead and address the applicant’s qualifications.  Recommendations must come from professionals, such as, the applicant’s most recent employer, a previous nursing professor, supervisors and/or nurse managers. The professional providing the reference must also complete Parts II & III of the recommendation. The recommendation package is available online at huonline.hamptonu.edu .
  9. Approval of the Graduate Admissions, Scholarships and Standards Committee of the School of Nursing

 

Please forward all admissions packages and supplemental documentation to:

Hampton U Online

Attn:  Student Support Liaison

PO Box 6162

Hampton, Virginia  23668

 

Course Details

  • Cost Per Credit - $695
  • Course Length - 16 weeks
  • Degree Credits - 54 - 60
  • Degree Length - 4 years

Financial Aid

  • Available to those who qualify
  • Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • FAFSA School Code: 003714

 

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program in nursing requires a minimum of 48 hours of course work beyond the master's level. Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. within seven (7) years after successfully passing the doctoral qualifying examination.

Family and family-related research is the area of emphasis for the degree. Core requirements are the same for all students regardless of their research interests. Students are able to pursue their individual interests by taking elective and cognate courses. The program is designed to be flexible enough to be adjusted to the appropriate needs of the students.

To complete the program, students are required to satisfactorily complete core courses, an approved area of related study, and demonstrate research competence through the completion of the dissertation. The student’s competence and scientific knowledge is tested through three doctoral examinations: a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and an oral defense of the dissertation.

 

Curriculum for PhD in Nursing

       

Year 1

Fall Semester I

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

670

Statistics for Health Professionals

3

NURO

710

Family Nursing: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

3

NURO

711

Family Nursing: Philosophical, Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives

3

   

Subtotal Credit

9

       

Spring Semester I

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

712

Family Nursing: Theory & Concept Analysis Qualifying Examination

3

NURO

703

Qualifying Examination

0

NURO

713

Family Nursing Issues:  Planning and Policy Leadership

3

NURO

714

Quantitative Methods I

3

   

Subtotal Credit

9

       

Year II

Fall Semester II

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

715

Quantitative Methods II

3

NURO

716

Nursing Research: Interpretive Methods

3

NURO

717

Nursing Research: Instrument Development

3

   

Subtotal Credit

9

 

 

 

Spring Semester II

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

718

Analysis and Evaluation of Theory Generating & Theory Testing Research

3

   

Cognate

3

   

Cognate

3

   

Subtotal Credit

9

       

Year III

Fall Semester III

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

800

Dissertation Seminar I

3

   

Cognate

3

   

Subtotal Credit

6

       

Spring Semester III

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

801

Dissertation Seminar II

3

   

Cognate

3

NURO

802

PhD Comprehensive Examination

0

   

Subtotal Credit

6

     
     

Year IV

 

Fall Semester IV

   

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

803

Dissertation Research

6

   

(Must be repeated until dissertation is completed)

 
   

Subtotal Credit

6

       
   

TOTAL CREDITS

54 - 60

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