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The post-baccalaureate BSN-to-PhD in Nursing program at FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences is a comprehensive, advanced education track that builds on the foundational knowledge and skills you acquired during your baccalaureate nursing education.

The curriculum includes master’s level courses to prepare students for advanced practice roles and provides the foundation for students to engage in a program of intellectual inquiry at the doctoral level.

The program can be completed in 4½ -5 years of full-time study or 6-7 years of part-time study.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete 94-97 credit hours of coursework, including:
    • 36-39 credit hours toward the MSN degree (see Plan of Study)
    • Minimum three (3) credit hours of Candidacy Examination (3-9 credits)
    • Minimum 18 credit hours of Dissertation
  2. Complete 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)
  3. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
    • Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 will be placed on academic probation for one (1) semester and are subject to dismissal if the 3.0 GPA requirement is not met upon completion of the probationary period.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate graduate knowledge in three (3) stages to be awarded a PhD in Nursing degree:
    • Stage I – Qualifying Examination (written)
    • Stage II – Proposal Defense
    • Stage III – Dissertation Defense
  6. Complete a dissertation five (5) years from the date of advancement to candidacy (i.e., successful completion of written and oral examinations, favorable recommendation of the supervisory/guidance committee, and an approved dissertation proposal).