The PhD in Nursing at the University of Michigan

The PhD in Nursing program offered by the University of Michigan School of Nursing prepares nurse scientists to seek out and develop new knowledge necessary to support and advance nursing practice. The program is based on a strong foundation of clinical expertise for graduating nurses. It builds upon knowledge learned at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, while increasing theory development and research skills.  The school is ranked very highly as far as research methodology and pedagogy.  The doctoral program builds upon and prepares nurses to contribute to the field of nursing through advanced practice, active research.  Further, the nursing program builds progressive leadership in education, health care systems, professional nursing organizations, and other health related organizations. PhD in Nursing graduates are clinically proficient and taught advanced preparation in nursing and related health sciences.  Additionally, students at the University of Michigan are thoroughly trained in data analysis and research methodologies.

These are the four concentrations that as a student you will be studying:

  • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
  • Bio-Behavior
  • Nursing Systems
  • Women’s Health

The PhD in Nursing program is specifically designed to focus on research in the nursing field.  Although most of the curriculum is taught on campus, there are a few courses that are offered online.

Students are encouraged to enroll full-time in the PhD program as only full-time students may be
considered for Graduate Student Research Assistants (GRSA) position, which includes a stipend and full tuition support for the fall and winter semesters during the first two years of the PhD program.  Without tuition support, tuition costs are quite high compared to other PhD nursing programs.  The first credit hour is $1,443 and successive courses are $1,083 per credit hour for Michigan residents.  As a non-resident student, tuition costs are $2,590 for the first credit hour and for additional credit hours is $2,230.

Additionally, as a PhD nurse student, you are eligible to apply for grants and other funding which require no sort of pay back.  Generally, the program is completed in four years on a fulltime basis or five years if a student elects to attend part-time.  GRE scores are required for all applicants who earned less than a 3.25 GPA from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing.

The PhD in Nursing prepares their doctorate students to:

  • Engage in scholarly pursuits and independent research
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in research methods, data analysis, and inferential processes, as they relate to nursing practice and theory development
  • Investigate and test the validity of current and developing theories related to nursing science
  • Develop the ability to construct nursing theory, using knowledge from practice, research and related disciplines
  • Provide intellectual leadership in the conduct of nursing research, development of nursing theory and expansion of the science of nursing
  • Participate in policy development and decision-making at the state, national, and international level
  • Assume leadership roles in education, professional nursing organizations, health service systems and other health related enterprises
  • Utilize related concepts, theories and strategies from nursing and related disciplines in the analysis of issues and in the resolution of problems confronting nursing and health care delivery systems


Below is a video made by the school, which may help you get a better idea of how the program is structured.


“The PhD in Nursing at the University of Michigan” was written by Brenne Meirowitz. Copyright Brenne Meirowitz 2014.  All Rights Reserved.





27. April 2014 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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Online PhD Nursing Program at the University of North Dakota

If you are looking for a good online PhD in Nursing program, the University of North Dakota may be a good choice for you, because it is approved by the CCNE (American Association of Colleges of Nursing), Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and North Dakota Board of Nursing.  Additionally, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  With all these accreditations, you should be looked upon favorably by future employers, as well as be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.  This program is open to applicants who have already completed a BSN and/or earned a master’s degree with or without a concentration in nursing.

The University of North Dakota’s online PhD in Nursing program consists of 90 credits, which is over twice the number of credit hours required by most PhD programs.  However, if you already an MSN, you may be able to get credit for some classes taken in the past.    Keep in mind that a maximum of 36 credits of master’s level coursework may be transferred as long as your grade was a B (3.0) or greater. Further, a maximum of 24 credits of post-master’s coursework may be transferred. If you do not transfer any credits, the program can theoretically be completed in five years at 6 credit hours per semester.  Chances are that if you haven’t already done so in the past five years, you may be required to take a graduate admissions test such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test).

The cost to attend the online PhD Nursing is $332.27 per credit hour for all students whether they are North Dakota residents or not. Of course, there are always additional mandatory fees that students must pay in addition to their cost per credit hour.  In order to be considered for financial aid, all students seeking such must fill out a FASFA application form.  The deadline for submitting a full application is February 1st and classes begin in the fall semester, which is in August.

Even though all classes are delivered online, PhD Nursing students must attend a yearly seminar on campus or at the Regional Nursing Conference.  Students traveling from outside North Dakota should plan ahead for such an occurrence, by setting traveling funds aside.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • synthesize and critically evaluate the literature of nursing and related fields to identify issues and critical gaps in scientific nursing knowledge.
  • make significant original contributions to scientific nursing knowledge through the interdisciplinary and independent conduct of basic and clinical research.
  • contribute to the development of scientific methodology for nursing research congruent with the broad concerns of the discipline (physiological, biobehavioral, spiritual, and psychosocial).
  • complete research and direct application of findings in an environment characterized by commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, including, truth, honesty, freedom of inquiry and intellectual autonomy.
  • display readiness for post-doctoral study and early research program development through recognition of high achievement in research and scholarship.
  • develop and assume roles that facilitate discovery, application, and integration of new nursing knowledge.

Once again, if you are looking to earn your PhD in Nursing online, the University of North Dakota is a bargain as far as cost per credit hour.  The number of credit hours, however, is more than twice the amount of hours required by most other nursing schools.


“Online PhD Nursing Program at the University of North Dakota” was written by Brenne Meirowitz.  Copyright Brenne Meirowitz 2014.  All Rights Reserved.



25. April 2014 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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PhD in Nursing Online Program at UNLV

PhD Nursing at UNLV Nursing Track in Education is a program that is delivered online to all of its full time and part time graduate students. The only requirement for a campus visit is 3 days every fall, where students attend an intensive learning session.  It takes longer to complete this degree, which is 62 graduate credit hours versus the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) which is only 39 credit hours. In addition to jobs in academia, the PhD in Nursing program opens up careers in the health care industry, government or private organizations where the focus is in healthcare management. The three main learning objectives of the program are:

  • Provide leadership in the advancement of nursing as an academic and practice discipline and in political processes that affect healthcare
  • Conduct original research that generates new knowledge
  • Develop, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching and learning

The cost to attend this online nursing program is $554 per credit hour for non-residents and only $264 per credit hour for residents.  There are fees associated with all classes in addition to the charge per credit hour.

The following is the course framework for basic study as a PhD in Nursing online student:

  • NURS 709 Teaching and Learning in Nursing 3
  • NURS 770 Knowledge Development in Nursing 3
  • NURS 771 Theory Development in Nursing 3
  • NURS 772 The Nurse as Leader 3
  • NURS 775 Statistical Methods for Nursing Research I: Univariate Methods 3
  • NURS 776 Statistical Methods for Nursing Research II: Multivariate Methods 3
  • NURS 779 Writing a Research Grant Application 2
  • NURS 780 Quantitative Methods in Nursing 3
  • NURS 781 Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing 3
  • NURS 785 Special Topics in Nursing Research/Research Elective 3
  • NURS 789 Independent Study/Elective Course in Research 3
  • NURS 797 Dissertation 12
  • “Nursing Education” Option (Existing)
  • NURS 710 Evaluation Strategies for Nurse Educator
  • NURS 724 Developing Curriculum for
  • Nursing Education
  • NURS 733 Nursing Education Practicum
  • NURS 774 Educational Theory & Philosophy for Nursing
  • NURS 790 Independent Teaching Practicum Seminar
  • NURS 791 Independent Teaching Practicum

Unlike other graduated programs, UNLV requires that students maintain a grade point average of 3.0 rather than a 3.5.  Other perks include a federal loan forgiveness of all fees paid to the school.  The following is an overview of how this works:

  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program: This is a federal forgiveness loan program for individuals pursuing an advanced degree in nursing education.
  • Tuition, fees and books are covered by this loan.
  • A student may obtain this loan for up to 5 years as long as the student is enrolled.
  • Within 12 months of graduation the student must find employment teaching in a school of nursing. At the end of each of the first three years 20% of the loan is forgiven and at the end of the 4th year of employment teaching in a school of nursing another 25% of the loan is forgiven.
  • Please check with the Graduate Secretary to determine if these funds are available as they are awarded to the SON year by year from the federal government.

In addition to the perks of reimbursement of all fees, PhD nursing students are also welcome to apply for graduation assistantship positions.  The appointments, however, depend upon how much money is the available per school year.  Graduate Assistants are expected to put in 20 hours per week doing their assigned duties.

For applicants to get started on the PhD in Nursing path, students must complete an application and submit all necessary documentation by the deadline.

Here’s a video about the PhD in Nursing program:


“PhD in Nursing Online Program at UNLV” was written by Brenne Meirowitz.  Copyright Brenne Meirowitz 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

21. April 2014 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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Doctor of Nursing Practice Online at UNLV


The DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at the University of Nevada is delivered completely online with the exception of attending 3 days on campus in total during enrollment.  The cost goes from $600 to $800 for all students, whether they are residents of Nevada or not.  There are fees in addition to tuition, so please consult the school’s website for detailed information.  Students are eligible to apply if they already hold a MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) or on a case-by-case basis, students who hold a BSN with a master’s degree in some other subject.  However, the non-nursing master’s candidate must have completed a significant number of nursing courses.  No GRE is required for admissions for the DNP online nursing program.  Further, students must possess the following to be considered for admissions:

  • Hold an unencumbered license at a level consistent with the focus of DNP study
  • Hold national certification (or be eligible for certification) in an advanced practice role*
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the graduate level
  • Provide documentation of clinical and leadership excellence
  • Have completed graduate-level course work (earning a grade of B or better) in research, nursing theory, and health policy

* Applicants must hold national certification in advanced practice such as NP, CRNA, Nurse Midwife, or Clinical Specialist.

The DNP is structured for students who want to pursue careers as advanced clinical practice and leadership roles.  Once the DNP is awarded, graduates may apply for positions as specialists in their advanced practice clinical roles and a nursing faculty. They may also pursue careers as healthcare executives, program and policy analysts, and systems experts.

Be aware that admissions are very tight as only approximately 14 students are admitted to the program per year.  The entire program consists of 39 credit hours and may be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis.  Part-time requires a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.  Full-time students take 3 or more credit hours.  Whichever track you decide to pursue, you are eligible for financial aid – both private and public funding.

The DNP online nursing program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas is a collaborative program in cooperation with School of Nursing and the Orvis School of Nursing at The University of Nevada and Reno.  There are two tracks that a student may pursue; advanced practice and those who want a career as a nurse executive or administrator.  Students are admitted annually and begin studies in the fall.  All courses, including the DNP project must be completed in 6 years or less.


“Doctor of Nursing Practice Online at UNLV” was written by Brenne Meirowitz.  Copyright Brenne Meirowitz 2014.  All Rights Reserved.


20. April 2014 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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