The Doctor of Philosophy program in nursing requires a minimum of 74 s.h. of graduate credit. The program prepares students to advance nursing science and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge. It emphasizes student participation with faculty members on research teams; focused course work; presentation and publication of research-based knowledge; and interdisciplinary learning experiences.
Graduate students in the College of Nursing must adhere to all Graduate College policies regarding academic standing, probation, and dismissal. Course work taken 10 or more years before a student plans to graduate from the Ph.D. program must be updated according to University policy.
The Ph.D. in nursing requires the following work.
|Required for students who enter with a bachelor's degree in nursing:|
|All of these:|
|NURS:5008||Foundations of Nursing Science I||3|
|NURS:6802||Health Policy, Law, and Advocacy||3|
|NURS:6811||Social Determinants of Health and Health System Inequities||3|
|NURS:7801||Seminar: Research Scholarship Role Development||3|
|Clinical specialization courses||6|
Advanced Research Methods
|All of these:|
|NURS:7000||Foundations of Nursing Science II||4|
|NURS:7803||Research Practicum I||1|
|NURS:7804||Research Practicum II||1|
Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation
All Ph.D. students must complete a written and oral comprehensive examination before they begin work on the dissertation. They must write the dissertation and defend it orally.
|Students must earn a minimum of 11 s.h.:|
Applicants to College of Nursing graduate programs must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
The program is open to individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in nursing or a master's degree. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and an advanced degree outside nursing may be admitted; their curriculum is based on a review of their transcript.
A criminal background check is required for all graduate students upon admission. The College of Nursing has additional application requirements, as follows.
Admission to the Ph.D. Program
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. They must have completed an accredited basic nursing program and hold a current license to practice nursing (special license for international students).
Applicants must have a a g.p.a. of at least 3.00. They also must have successfully completed an upper-level course in statistics.
Applicants must submit:
a two-to-three-page statement describing their educational objectives, career goals, and an area of research for their doctoral study;
three recommendations from nursing professionals that speak to the applicant's potential as a scholar;
a current résumé or curriculum vitae; and
a complete transcript of all college programs and courses.
Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 81 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or they must score at least 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Applicants with a bachelor's degree in nursing who apply directly to the Ph.D. program also must submit a strong statement of their educational goals, career goals, and potential area of research.
Application deadlines for the Ph.D. program are November 15, March 1, and June 1. In order to be reviewed, the applicant's file must be complete, with all materials submitted.
The University of Iowa College of Nursing Ph.D. program prepares scholars to move nursing and health science forward. Graduates are prepared for careers as faculty members in college and university settings as well as researchers, consultants, and leaders in military, academic or industry venues, and in other non-academic settings.