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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.) IN NURSING

The Ph.D. in Nursing degree program will prepare the candidate to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate for improving health and health care globally.

The Ph.D. in Nursing degree program is delivered online.

Students will be admitted to the Ph.D. in Nursing degree program on full time status. Entry into the Ph.D. program is now an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program. Graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program will also be considered for admission.

The curriculum pattern for the Ph.D. program can be found here.

Goals

The Ph.D. in Nursing degree program is designed with a research emphasis dedicated to extending nursing science and improving the delivery of health care for rural and vulnerable individuals, families and communities within existing cultural, geographical, and health care context. An interprofessional research focus will provide an opportunity for students to learn by collaborating with other professionals, and prepare graduates for leading change and advancing health and health care systems.

Finances

Professional Fee for Nursing Ph.D.

Professional fees for the Ph.D. program are $1,051.00 per semester including any summer session. There is also a $35.00 per credit e-ISU fee.

Costs for tuition and general fees at
ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance Page

Scholarships

The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $42,000 in scholarships.
See Idaho State University scholarship information

Online Application

The applicant is required to apply to the Graduate School and to the School of Nursing.

Apply to the Graduate School
*There is a $55.00 application fee to the Graduate School.

Apply to the School of Nursing
*There is a $55.00 application fee to the School of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the student must comply with the following:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS or BSN) program or ≥ 3.5 GPA based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    • Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    • Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Completion of a preadmission interview by the SON Ph.D. Admissions Committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by video conference may be arranged.
  7. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Ph.D. program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

The SON Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the student must comply with the following:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission directly to the Graduate School official transcripts for all degrees including the completion of BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program.
  3. Evidence of completing a descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages).
  5. Submission of a writing sample (professional paper).
  6. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study. Two references should be from academic sources and one from a recent employer.
  7. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

*Idaho State University and School of Nursing costs related to attendance

*Students will be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the Ph.D. program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Selection Process for the Ph.D. in Nursing Program 2015 Admission Cycle

The application for admission to the Ph.D. in Nursing program for fall semester of 2015 is now open. Preference will be given to applications received by February 1 of any year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. Notification of application decisions will be announced by April 14 of 2015.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A

Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
neilkare@isu.edu
208-282-2102 (Office)

 

 

Questions related to technical aspects of submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Haylee Saunders, BS

Administrative Assistant I
Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
saunhayl@isu.edu
208.282.2325 (Office)


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