The doctoral program in nursing science prepares students to become nurse scientists who conduct cutting-edge research in nursing education, health systems, and clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan.
The IU Online PhD in Nursing Science is a hybrid, distance-accessible program using videoconferencing technology to synchronously place you in the classroom with your classmates. As a student in the program, you attend two required on-campus, 4-day Intensives, which give you the opportunity to interact with other students and with faculty, attend professional development sessions, meet with faculty mentors, and network during a variety of informal receptions.
The program curriculum explores courses in nursing theory, measurement and data analysis, nursing research methods, relationship-centered leadership, quantitative research, statistics, experimental designs and methods, data analysis, and more.
Your IU Online PhD in Nursing Science prepares you for successful careers within academic and practice settings, in such positions as:
- Nursing faculty
- Director of nursing research
- Director of clinical services
To graduate with the PhD in Nursing Science, you must complete 90 credit hours. You may choose either the BSN to PhD option or the MSN to PhD option. The BSN to PhD option allows you to earn certification as a clinical nurse specialist, or to complete other graduate coursework that will enhance your area of research. The MSN to PhD option allows you to transfer in 30 of the credit hours from your MSN coursework that is relevant to your research area.
Requirements for the MSN to PhD plan of study are broken downs as follows:
- Professional development core (6 credit hours)
- Nursing theory core (6 credit hours)
- Nursing science research major (15 credit hours)
- Nursing science concentration (8 credit hours)
- Minor courses, external or internal (9-12 credit hours)
- Dissertation (16 credit hours)
- MSN transfer credits (30 credit hours)
NOTE: Courses transferred into the MSN to PhD plan of study are determined by the student's advisory committee.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $534.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1602.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $1478.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $4434.00
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