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BSN-PhD Program

The B.S.N. to Ph.D. program is an alternative pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Nursing available for highly qualified Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates. The program is streamlined, allowing students to proceed to doctoral-level courses in theory research and policy without taking the traditional M.S.-level courses in these areas.

Curriculum's for B.S.N-Ph.D. students can be tailored to develop your particular interest (i.e. - Holistic, Education, or Administration Focus). Please review the Post-Master's-Ph.D. curriculum that would be ensued upon reaching the doctoral level under the Ph.D. curriculum. Your Plan of study will be developed between you and your advisor upon admission.

Sample BSN to PhD Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Year One - Fall Semester
NGR 6110 Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring 3
NGR 6141 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR 6713 Curriculum Evolution & Models in Nursing Education 3
Year One - Spring Semester
NGR 6002 (O/L) Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Assessment 2
NGR 6002L (O/L) Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment 1
NGR 6711 Creative Teaching-Learning Methods in Nursing Education 3
NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
Year One - Summer Semester
NGR 6814 Quantitative Methods for Advancement of Health Sciences and Nursing Practice 3
NGR 7111 Evolution of Nursing as a Discipline and Practice 3
Year Two - Fall Semester
NGR 7115 Philosophies of Science Grounding Nursing 3
NGR 7116 Caring: An Essential Domain of Nursing Knowledge 3
NGR 7846 Essential Statistical Methods for Nursing Science 3
Year Two - Spring Semester
NGR 7932 Doctoral Seminar in Knowledge Development 1 1
NGR 7815 Qualitative Research Methods I 3
NGR 7121 Theory Development & Application in Nursing 3
NGR 7709 Crafting the Life of Scholarship 3
Year Two - Summer Semester
NGR 6172 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NGR7818 Advanced Nursing Research: Applied Quantitative Design & Methods 3
Year Three - Fall Semester
NGR 7934 Doctoral Seminar in Knowledge Development 2 1
NGR 7817 Qualitative Research Methods II 3
NGR 7822 Measurement in Practice Based Research 3
  Doctoral Cognate 3
Year Three - Spring Semester
NGR 7936 Doctoral Seminar in Knowledge Development 3 1
NGR 7853 Innovations in Inquiry 3
NGR 7738 Public Policy in the Context of Nursing & Health 3
  Doctoral Cognate 3
Year Three - Summer Semester
NGR 7978 Doctoral Synthesis  3
Year Four - Fall Semester
NGR 7979 Advanced Research  3
Year Four - Spring Semester
NGR 7980 Dissertation 6
Year Four - Summer Semester
NGR 7980 Dissertation 6


  • The sample curriculum outlined above would lead to a Nurse Educator specialization/care focus.
  • The Nurse Practitioner (NP) track is not available to BSN to PhD students.
  • Available tracks/specializations include Advanced Holistic Nursing, Administrative and Financial Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Educator. Appropriate courses would be substituted.
  • Students should work closely with faculty and staff to ensure proper advisement regarding credentialing specialization.
  • Students opting to earn a master of science in Nursing while in the BSN to PhD program will need additional courses.