PhD Admission for DNP Graduates

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates who have graduated within the last five years will be eligible for admission to the PhD in nursing program with "advanced standing." The "advanced standing" will allow for a waiver of up to 9 credits of PhD coursework. The courses that may be waived include: NURS 609 (health policy – 3 credits), NURS 532 (basic statistics – 3 credits), and one section of NURS 615 (topical seminar – 3 credits). However, to obtain the full waiver of 9 credits, the following criteria for NURS 609 and NURS 532 must be met:

To Waive NURS 532 (Basic Statistics) – 3 credits

  1. A grade of B or better in the DNP applied statistics course must appear on the graduate's official transcript.
  2. The DNP applied statistics course must have been taken with the past five years and appear on the official transcript as such.
  3. For DNP graduates not from FPB: Evidence (i.e. copy of syllabus) for the content equivalency (i.e. course description and objectives) of the DNP applied statistics with the NURS 532 (basic statistics) must be provided.

To Waive NURS 609 (Health Policy) – 3 credits

  1. A grade of B or better in the DNP health policy course must appear on the graduate's official transcript.
  2. For DNP graduates not from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing: Evidence (i.e. copy of syllabus) for the content equivalency (i.e. course description and objectives) of the DNP health policy with the NURS 609 (health policy) must be provided.

Sample PhD Program Plan (Post DNP - advanced standing; Fall Starts) 

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 533: Data Science (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (6)
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (1)  
NURS 671: Proposal Development (2)    
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)  

Sample PhD Program Plan (Post DNP - advanced standing; Spring Starts)

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
  NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) Research Practicum*
  NURS 533: Data Science (3)  
  NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (2)  
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)
NURS 671: Proposal Development (1)    

Notes: 

  1. These students do not need to take NURS 609 (policy), NURS 532 (applied stats) and one elective, which worked fine when we had an additional elective or topical seminar in the curriculum – need to discuss if council has a preference for waiving either the topical seminar (meaning they would have none) or the outside elective (meaning they would have no exposure to courses outside the SON.
     
  2. They need to take an additional credit of NURS 671 because they would not have completed their coursework by the previous semester.
     
  3. Petition to take 9 dissertation credits would be needed

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

Concern:  Although we say “advanced standing,” the program still takes three years.