PhD in Nursing: Online and Campus-Based Programs

You can earn a Ph.D. in Nursing and apply it toward a career as a nurse educator or researcher. Review the prerequisites for admission to this program. Learn about the hybrid format used in online nursing doctoral programs, which combines Web-based courses with on-site clinical training. Explore the coursework in this doctoral program, and read about your career options after graduation. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are There Any Prerequisites for Ph.D. in Nursing Programs?

Depending on the school you choose, you must have either a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing to enroll in a Ph.D. program. If you have a bachelor's degree only, you will need to take some master's level classes, including statistics and health care management. With a bachelor's degree, you can expect to complete a Ph.D. program in as few as five years; master's degree holders can often complete their studies in four years. Most schools also require that you hold a registered nursing (RN) license or are eligible to obtain a license.

Prerequisites Bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, RN license or eligibility to obtain license
Online Availability Online hybrid programs are available
Common Courses Grant writing, health policy, nursing theory evolution, teaching methodologies, ethics
Career Options Clinical practice, education, clinical research
Median Salary (2018)$73,490 (for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)24% growth (for all postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is the Ph.D. in Nursing Available Online?

Ph.D.s in Nursing are available through both online and campus-based programs. Most online programs are offered in a hybrid format that requires some on-campus components. In online programs, you take classes via the Internet and interact with instructors and fellow students through video conferencing and online discussions. You must visit the campus periodically for immersion training, faculty presentations and live interactions.

What Classes Will I Take?

Ph.D. programs focus heavily on research, including qualitative and quantitative research methods. You can gain knowledge in advanced statistics and theory development. Other classes include health policy, nursing theory evolution and ethics. Teaching methodologies, grant writing and measurement strategies can also be covered in nursing Ph.D. programs.

Most schools require that you take a qualifying exam as you near completion of the Ph.D. nursing curriculum. To earn a Ph.D., you must complete a dissertation, using the knowledge gained throughout the program.

What Careers Can I Pursue?

A Ph.D. in Nursing can prepare you for careers in education, clinical research and clinical practice. You can work for the government, public health organizations or research universities. Nurse educators work in nursing programs to educate future nurses. Nurse researchers can help with advances in patient care through research and data analysis. You can use your Ph.D. for a career in health policy, analyzing government health policies or working on public health legislation.

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