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BSN to PhD Overview

Fall 2024 Application Period Open Until March 15, 2024

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing offers a Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Nursing (PhD) degree program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The doctoral programs are grounded in the philosophy of caring and focus on the integration and application of advanced nursing research for improved nursing practice and betterment of humankind.

The graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Nursing (PhD) degree program is expected to expand nursing knowledge and theory and directly impact the health of clients and communities. The focus of the PhD program is to prepare nurses as scholars in conducting nursing research about practice problems and creating innovative responses to practice issues.

Admission Criteria

BSN to PhD in Nursing Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Ph.D. program will be for the fall semester each year. Applications must be submitted to the University's Graduate College before completing the application to the College of Nursing. Evidence of the following information is required in the admissions process

  • Bachelor’s degree with a Major in Nursing from a university or college of nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions of education should be sent directly to the University's Graduate College
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA in a Bachelors in Nursing program.
  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV).
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references, one from a BSN program professor holding a doctorate.
  • An example of work that depicts a culminating scholarly product from the BSN program. Examples: thesis, project, manuscript for evidenced-based research course, paper/manuscript for inquiry practicum.
  • Typed two-page statement of the applicant's goals for the PhD degree that addresses:
    • Why you are interested in admission to the FAU, College of Nursing PhD program
    • Phenomenon of interest consistent with at least 1 of the 4 Research Focus Areas (Healthy Aging, Holistic Nursing, Transforming Healthcare Environments, and Health Equity).
    • Identification of 1-3 potential College of Nursing faculty mentors
  • Evidence of grade of "B" or better in a graduate statistics course that provides the student with a broad knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques necessary for critical consumption of research.
  • Satisfactory background check (a background check is required after conditional acceptance to the program).
  • Applicants will be required to have an interview with members of the doctoral admissions committee. Upon review of all the information about the applicant by the doctoral program committee, a decision for admission will be made and the applicant will be notified.

Application Process

*Application Deadline for Fall and Spring admission

March 15 for Fall admission

How to apply to the PhD degree

Complete a Florida Atlantic University Graduate Application. Please make sure to select Fall or Spring as your entry semester.

The following supporting documents must be uploaded in order to complete your application
  • All final conferred transcripts from previous colleges and universities.
  • Curriculum vitae (Required Format for CV).
  • Typed statement
  • Example of Scholarly product
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references, one from a BSN program professor holding a doctorate.

*You will request both letters of recommendation electronically via the GradCAS application. Therefore, be prepared with recommender names and current e-mail addresses.

Information sessions


BSN to PhD Curriculum

Course Information Class Credits
Fall, Year 1
Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring NGR 6110 3
Advanced Pathophysiology NGR 6141 3
Curriculum Evolution & Models in Nursing Education NGR 6713 3
Spring, Year 1
Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Assessment NGR 6002 2
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment NGR 6002L 1
Creative Teaching-Learning Methods in Nursing Education NGR 6711 3
Evaluation in Nursing Education NGR 6718 3
Summer, Year 1
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics NGR 6172 3
Fall, Year 2
Evolution of Nursing as a Discipline and Practice NGR 7111 3
Essential Statistical Methods for Nursing Science NGR 7846 3
Caring Science I: An Essential Domain of Nursing NGR 7116 3
Spring, Year 2
Philosophies of Science Grounding Nursing NGR 7115 3
Qualitative Research Methods NGR 7815 3
Advanced Nursing Research: Applied Quantitative Design and Methods NGR 7818 3
Summer, Year 2
Scholarship Practicum NGR 7946 3
Applied Advanced Statistics NGR 7845 3
Fall, Year 3
Theory Development and Application in Nursing NGR 7121 3
Caring Science II: Developing Phenomena of Interest within Research Focus Areas NGR 7118 3
Mixed Methods in Practice Based Research NGR 7816 3
Spring, Year 3
Innovations in Inquiry NGR 7853 3
Caring Science III: Innovative Methodologies to Study Caring Science NGR 7119 3
Cognate   3
Summer, Year 3
Doctoral Synthesis (Comprehensive Examination) NGR 7978 3
Fall, Year 4
Advanced Research NGR 7979 3
Spring, Year 4
Dissertation (two classes over two semesters) NGR 7980 6
Summer, Year 4
Dissertation (two classes over two semesters) NGR 7980 6

Estimated Cost Breakdown for BSN to PhD in Nursing program

Instate (FL) tuition rate $371.81 per credit hour
Out of State tuition rate $1026.81 per credit hour
Credits needed to graduate Minimum of 81 credits.
Total Estimated Tuition Instate (FL) $30,117.42 / Out of State $83,171.61

*Cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses.

Gerardo Guzman

Gerardo Guzman

PhD Advisor

Phone: 561-297-2757

Fax: 561-297-1074

Howard Butcher

Dr. Howard Butcher

Director, PhD in Nursing Program

Phone: 561-297-2659