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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 $1,020.00 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.
*Application opens 9/19/13

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 (B.S.) degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program. Graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program will also be considered for admission.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program of study or GPA 3.5 or greater based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. Completion of the Master's degree will be considered.
  3. Competitive GRE score (see below).
  4. 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.
  5. Completed application to the SON by established deadline which includes an essay addressing goals and focal area of research.
  6. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  7. 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 videoconference may be provided for at the student's expense.
  8. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Ph.D. program to be held on the ISU campus in the summer session following 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 of official transcripts of all degrees including the completion of accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or B.S. in Nursing) degree from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's office of the applicant's previous institution of study.
  3. Submission of official report of Graduate Record Examination Scores taken within the previous five years. Applicants should achieve at least a 50th percentile on one of the three aptitude sections (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical). Achievement of two or more scores at the 50th percentile is highly preferred.
  4. Evidence of completing prerequisite graduate level descriptive or inferential statistics course (600 level or higher) with a C grade or better within three (3) years previous to admission to the program. A descriptive or inferential statistics course may be taken during the admission process; course must be completed prior to starting the program.
  5. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical and life experience that prepare applicant for the Ph.D. program, and how this preparation will facilitate career goals.
  6. Submission of a writing sample (professional paper).
  7. 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.
  8. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

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

*Students may 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 2014 Admission Cycle

The application for admission to the Ph.D. in Nursing program on full time status is open. Applications are being accepted for admission fall 2014. There will be a required on campus orientation the week of August 18th, 2014. Fall semester courses begin August 25, 2014.

Idaho State University Graduate School

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:

Morgan Scadden

Idaho State University School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences
mikemorg@isu.edu
208.282.2325 (Office)