Yes. Courses are delivered via IP video technology or Adobe Connect. Most classes are offered in synchronous mode, meaning at a specific ‘live’ date and time. The College uses the Canvas Learning System™.
- Traditional PhD: 3.2 GPA in BSN / MSN programs.
- Fast Track BSN to PhD: 3.2 undergraduate GPA.
Strong applications with higher than average Verbal, Quantitative and Writing Analysis scores will be seriously considered.
Two courses (6 credit hours) are required.
If you’ve been involved in scholarly writing, we ask that you submit examples of your work. Scholarly publication is desirable, but not required.
You take an accelerated program of studies based on your nursing interests and goals. How you combine the MSN and PhD courses is developed with your advisor.
The program does not include all the clinical hours required for the MSN degree, and that’s partly why it’s a faster pathway to a PhD. The program does include courses in a clinical specialty of your choosing. This prepares you to teach and do research in that area. However, if you wish to earn your MSN while in the BSN-PhD program, please speak with the Director of the PhD Program prior to beginning your coursework for options available.
- The Fast Track BSN to PhD program is designed to be a 4 to 5-year, full-time program. Approximately 80 credit hours are required.
- If pursing MSN, approximately 95 credit hours are required.
- The Traditional MSN to PhD program can take 4-5 years depending on whether you’re a full or part-time student. Approximately 62 credit hour are required.
See Tuition and Fees and UNMC Financial Aid. The financial aid office is committed to help you find ways to fund your education. There are numerous scholarships, grants and research awards available to doctoral students. There are a limited number of graduate assistant positions that pay a stipend (approximately $1,200 monthly) each semester plus tuition reimbursement for 15 hours work per week. Students outside Nebraska may qualify for a Nonresident Tuition Scholarship that covers a portion of the cost of nonresident tuition. Students must meet the criteria for each scholarship/award.
A PhD prepares you to become a leader in nursing. Leadership roles include: educator, researcher/scientist, administrator, policy leader and advanced clinical researcher. There are many opportunities for nurse PhDs at the local, national and international level. The nursing shortage also involves PhD prepared nursing faculty, practitioners, researchers and nurse executives.
PhD nurse educators, for example, earn more than MSN faculty. And there is strong national demand — and competition — for PhD nursing administrators, deans and faculty members.
Because people learn at different paces, there is no fixed answer. Here’s a guide: In general, a full-time PhD student should expect to devote 40 hours per week, and a part-time student approximately 5 hours for each credit hour taken (most courses are 3 credits).
First, give yourself credit: you’ve already proven that you’re adept at multiple roles. Fellow PhD students usually form a support network, sharing ways to balance school and family life. Faculty members serve as mentors, including for time management. Web-based course delivery also allows you the flexibility and time savings of ‘class from home’ — or anywhere your laptop connects to the web.