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Doctoral Student Specific Information


The Christine E. Lynn College of nursing has two distinct doctoral programs: The Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Nursing (PhD) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These programs share some courses and resources. General policies will be addressed in this handbook first, followed by policies specific to each program.

Doctoral Lounge

Doctoral students have card access to the doctoral student lounge in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building which offers access to a computer, has wireless capability for laptop computers, and has mailboxes and a small reference library. Students can consider this their new “home” here in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building.

Plan of Study

All degree-seeking graduate students at Florida Atlantic University are required to have an approved Plan of Study on file with the Graduate College. The Plan of Study should be submitted by the end of the second semester of study. All College of Nursing graduate students submit their Plan of Study electronically through MyFAU. The guidelines for completing and submitting the electronic Plan of Study, and other Graduate College forms can be found at: http://www.fau.edu/graduate/forms-and-procedures/. All students receive written confirmation by email when their Plan of Study is approved by the Dean of the Graduate College.

Graduation Information

A student must apply for a degree by the end of the third week of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all requirements for the degree. The Application for Degree form is available at https://www.fau.edu/registrar/graduation/deg_app_cert.php.

As a graduate of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, you must follow the instructions below:

  1. At the beginning of each semester there is a limited time to fill out the graduation paperwork. For the deadlines to apply for a degree during the academic year, consult the Academic Calendar online at https://www.fau.edu/registrar/registration/calendar.php .
  2. You must go to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Office of Student Services to complete all graduation paperwork.

Please take note

  • Doctoral hoods (part of the academic regalia) must be given to the Registrar’s office at least 3 weeks prior to graduation.
  • All family members will need tickets to attend the commencement ceremony