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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

The Doctor of Philosophy (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.

Students will be admitted to the Ph.D. in Nursing degree program on full time status or part time status. Entry into the Ph.D. program is 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 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program courses are delivered online.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Full Time Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Part Time Curriculum

If you have questions after looking through the School of Nursing website, please see the Graduate Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Goals and Outcomes


The Doctor of Philosophy (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.

Program Outcomes

Each student will complete a core curriculum and work closely with interprofessional faculty advisors to complete an individualized course of study, which includes individual student goals and develops the foundation for a program of research. Students will complete the coursework and dissertation through online technologies integrating an interprofessional/multidisciplinary approach to:

  1. Communicate scientific knowledge through mentorship, collaboration, and dissemination.
  2. Create original research that contributes to scientific nursing knowledge.
  3. Contribute to the development of methodologies congruent with the broad concerns of the nursing discipline.
  4. Contribute to the discovery, application, and integration of nursing and interprofessional knowledge and leadership.

 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Student Handbook


Cost of Attendance

Cost for tuition, general and professional fees and estimated cost are listed on the

Doctor of Philosophy Program Estimated Costs - Per Semester page. 


The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $40,000 in scholarships, and the School of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April.
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU. For the list of nursing scholarships under Division of Health Science, please see the "Scholarship Listings by College" web page.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office also maintains a page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU.

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 following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. 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: The SON Ph.D. in Nursing Program adheres to the ISU Graduate School policy for those students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States (at the undergraduate and/or graduate level) and whose native language is not English.
  4. Completed application before October 1st for Spring Admission and before January 15th for Fall Admission. Applications for Fall Admission are reviewed in the order they are received and accepted on a rolling basis until class filled.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing Ph.D. Admissions Committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 300 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 School of Nursing Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

    Online Application

    Apply to Idaho State University
    All application materials are submitted in one application through the Graduate School.

    Application Status
    Spring 2022 Admission Open through October 1, 2021
    Fall 2022 Admission Closed (Application Opens October 1, 2021)

    Students applying to Spring 2022 Admission may also have an opportunity to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position (tuition and stipend).

    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 following are required:

    1. Submission of official transcripts from each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work directly to the Graduate School. Evidence of a completed BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program must be listed in official transcripts.
    2. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the Ph.D program, and how this preparation will facilitate career goals. Present a summary of your experience, nursing philosophy, and interest in higher education. Describe experiences which have motivated you to pursue a PhD degree in Nursing. Present clearly stated goals for a career path following completion of the PhD degree. Describe research focus of interest, and ideas related to conducting research in this particular area.
    3. Submission of a writing sample (professional paper).
    4. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study using the form provided on the application site.  At least one reference should be from an academic source and one from a professional clinical site.
    5. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

    Selection Process for the Ph.D in Nursing Program

    Review of complete applications begins in October for Spring Admission and in January for Fall Admission. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the Ph.D. degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in November for Spring Admission and April for Fall Admission of any year.

    More Information

    Questions on preparing for and submitting the online application should be addressed to:

    Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

    Admission and Recruitment Coordinator

    Office: Pocatello


    Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to

    A small picture of Dr. Susan Tavernier

    Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, CNS, RN, AOCN(R)

    Director of Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and Associate Professor

    Office: Meridian


    Professional Profile