The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science program prepares researchers and academic faculty for positions in college, university, and health care settings. Graduates are prepared to advance the art and science of nursing and to assume leadership positions in the profession. They will take responsibility for shaping and advancing healthcare, with a goal of improving individual, family and population health through the integration of theory, research, and evidence-based practice. The PhD in Nursing Science program emphasizes specific areas of study in which nursing makes a significant contribution towards health. These areas are defined by the research expertise of faculty in the context of interdisciplinary resources available at the University of Delaware and Delaware Health Sciences Alliance campuses and the local, national and international communities. Graduates are prepared to collaborate with other scientists and health professionals to contribute to the development of knowledge. The breadth of focus of the PhD in Nursing Science curriculum ranges from nursing research in the bio-behavioral sciences to health services.
The PhD in Nursing Science program requires 41 credit hours of coursework plus 9 credit hours of dissertation. Students are required to work with their advisor to develop a plan of study. The initial plan must first be approved by the academic advisor and then the PhD in Nursing Science Program Committee by the end of the first semester of study in the program. In addition to coursework, degree completion requires successful completion of a written comprehensive examination, successful defense of the dissertation proposal and successful defense of the dissertation. Please refer to the Graduate Program Policy Manual for more specific details about these processes and selection of examination and dissertation committees. Students are expected to complete the program in seven years.
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Electives taken to build substantive knowledge in area of dissertation topic. Electives are intended to enhance and broaden the student’s scholarly involvement, build an inter-professional team of advisors, and contribute to successful completion of the dissertation, determined with academic advisor and with approval of course faculty.
Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or comprehensive examination for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
PhD in Nursing Science admission requirements originate at two levels: the University and the School of Nursing. The University-level requirements may be found in the Graduate Admissions section. Admission decisions will be made by the PhD Program Committee of the School of Nursing (SON). Students will be admitted to the program based on enrollment availability, identification of an appropriate and available faculty advisor and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements.