Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Overview


The Ph.D. in Nursing offers both part-time and full-time options, composed of in-person and online learning components. Currently, three years of coursework is delivered online during fall and spring semesters, and summer courses are offered in a seminar-style, face-to-face format. Once students defend a dissertation proposal, they advance to become doctoral candidates. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, which culminates in a written and oral dissertation defense.

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to educate nurse scholar-scientists for research-intensive roles. The program prepares graduates who are well prepared to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge; educate the next generation; and assume collaborative leadership roles. These objectives are achieved through upholding the following expectations of WVU School of Nursing scholars:

  1. Rigorously test, generate, and extend knowledge to inform nursing science, practice, and policy.
  2. Contribute to the development of knowledge and interventions to address health disparity and promote or improve health.
  3. Assume collaborative leadership roles in academia, healthcare organizations, research teams, and scholarly networks.
  4. Demonstrate expertise within an area of study that incorporates nursing and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program follows the guidelines of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN Research Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing).

 

17

Courses Required

55

Total Credit Hours

 
Course Formats

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) requires 55 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $688 for residents and $1,578 for non-residents.

$37,840
Residents

$86,790
Non-Residents

Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Resident Tuition Non-Resident Tuition
1 $688 $1,578
3 $2,064 $4,734
6 $4,128 $9,468
9 $6,192 $14,202

Financial Aid

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Next Start Date: May 18, 2020    Apply Now

Careers

What can you do with a Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Nursing Professor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Acute Care Nurse

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Nurse Practitioner

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator – Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Medical Scientist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Health Specialties Professor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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