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PhD in Nursing | BSN-to-PhD

FIU’s doctoral nursing programs (PhD and BSN-to-PhD) are designed to prepare its graduates for leadership roles and research careers in academia, the health care industry, and government and private organizations focused on health care. The program purpose is to develop individuals who will be leaders in generating and applying the science needed to guide nursing practice, and who have the knowledge and skills to direct and guide application of other evidence-based health care findings to improve the health of people from diverse cultures. Students in the program will pursue individualized courses of study under the mentorship of research active faculty. A major program emphasis is the preparation of PhD-educated minority nursing leaders and focused research on health issues for minority and under-served populations.

Each doctoral nursing program has the following six components:

  • Program of Study
  • Candidacy Examination
  • Dissertation Proposal and Defense
  • Dissertation Research
  • Dissertation Writing
  • Dissertation Defense

Please continue reading to see how degree requirements differ by program.

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PhD in Nursing


Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 39 credit hours of coursework, a minimum of three (3) credit hours of Candidacy Examination and a minimum of 18 hours of Dissertation Credits. The program can be completed in four (4) years of full-time study.
  • Completion of the following curricular components: Core Knowledge (12 credits), Research Methods and Design (9 credits), Statistics (6 credits), Grantsmanship (6 credits), Cognate Electives by advisement (6 credits), Candidacy Examination (3-9 credits), Dissertation (minimum of 18 credits).
  • Achievement of an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 will place the student on probation for one semester, and she/he may be subject to dismissal if the 3.0 GPA requirements are not met after the probationary period.
  • Removal of all conditions, deficiencies, and incomplete grades. Students are expected to register for courses with letter grades. Credit hours for courses in which the grade is “B-” or below will not count toward satisfying graduate degree requirements.
  • Students must demonstrate graduate knowledge in three (3) stages in order to be awarded a PhD in Nursing degree:
    • Stage I - Candidacy Examination (written papers and oral defense)
    • Stage II - Proposal Defense
    • Stage III - Dissertation Defense
  • Student is expected to complete the dissertation five (5) years from the date of advancement to candidacy (i.e., successful completion of written and oral examinations, favorable recommendation of supervisory/guidance committee, and an approved dissertation proposal).
Program of Study

To view the full-time and part-time Program of Study for the PhD program please click on the button below:

PhD Program of Study

For course descriptions, go to http://catalog.fiu.edu and navigate

  1. To the current academic year
  2. Enter the Course Code in the “Search Bar” OR select “Graduate” 
  3. Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences” 
  4. Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Course Descriptions”
For Transfer Students

Please consult the University Graduate School policy on credit transfers accepted.

 

BSN to PhD in Nursing


Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 94-97 credit hours, including 36-39 hours of credits toward the MSN degree (see program of study), 3-9 hours of credit for Candidacy and a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation. The program can be completed in 4½ -5 years of full-time study or 6-7 years of part-time study
  • Completion of core knowledge (12 credits), Research Methods (9 credits), Statistics (6 credits), Grantsmanship (6 credits), Cognate Electives by advisement(9 credits), Candidacy (3-9 credits), Dissertation (minimum of 18 credits)
  • Demonstration of graduate knowledge in three (3) stages in order to be awarded a PhD in Nursing degree:
    • Stage I Qualifying Examination (written)
    • Stage II Proposal Defense
    • Stage III Dissertation Defense.
  • Students are expected to complete the dissertation five (5) years from the date of advancement to candidacy, which includes successful completion of written and oral examinations, favorable recommendation of the students’ supervisory committee, and an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Achievement of an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 will place the student on probation for one semester, and she/he may be subject to dismissal if the 3.0 GPA requirement is not met after the probationary period.
  • Removal of all conditions, deficiencies, and incomplete grades. With the exception of the doctoral dissertation courses, students are expected to register for courses with letter grades. Credit hours for courses in which the grade is “B-” or below will not account toward satisfying graduate degree requirements.

Program of Study

To view the full-time and part-time Program of Study for the BSN-to-PhD program please click on the button below:

BSN-to-PhD Program of Study

For course descriptions, go to http://catalog.fiu.edu and navigate:

  1. To the current academic year 
  2. Enter the Course Code in the “Search Bar” OR select “Graduate” 
  3. Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences” 
  4. Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Course Descriptions

    For Transfer Students

    Please consult the University Graduate School policy on credit transfers accepted 

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