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Ph.D. in Nursing Education

Teaching the next generation of nurses is a powerful way to influence the future of healthcare. Prepare for this next step in your career with the convenience of online courses and the one-week Summer Institute. The theme of leadership flows through this program, and it will help you achieve the role you deserve in higher education. Your investment of time is three years for courses and a dissertation.

What you'll study.
Several interdisciplinary courses give you access to experts across the university's health programs and other academic areas. Explore both quantitative and qualitative research, biostatistics, and grant writing in specialized core courses. Three doctoral seminars provide an intensive immersion into current academic issues.

How you'll learn more.
The online courses allow the flexibility you need to balance school, work and your personal life. The Summer Institute brings you together with your peers in a collaborative atmosphere. Faculty members share your passion for developing the next generation of nurses, and their guidance in a collegial atmosphere will inspire you to complete this rigorous program.

Where it can take you.
The education of nurses is a growing field with multiple applications. You can inspire the youngest and most energetic students, and you can support the continuous education required of working nurses. With the highest degree possible, you have the opportunity to elevate the entire profession of nursing.

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires:

  • current, active United States R.N. license
  • completion of an M.S. program with a major in nursing or an M.S.N. degree accredited by a nursing and regional accredited body
  • overall GPA of 3.5 in the candidate's master's or post-master's degree program in nursing
  • an application, a curriculum vita, a writing sample that should include an unpublished or published paper, two evaluation (reference) forms, and an application fee
  • Attend the mandatory on-campus new student orientation and the annual on-campus summer institute. 

Application Procedures for Fall 2016 Entering Classes

Beginning April 30, 2015, the Ph.D. program will be participating in the centralized application service NursingCAS.

1. The NursingCAS application information may be obtained

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be March 1 for the Fall admission. The NSU Application for the Fall admission must be completed no later than March 1.

2. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS. (Current, active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure, in the jurisdiction of the dissertation (Licensure must remain current throughout the program.)

All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

Send all transcripts to:

P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087

Josef Silny and Associates
2nd Avenue
(305) 273-1616
(305) 273-1338 fax

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

3. It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by- course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Send a curriculum vita and two evaluation forms directly to NursingCAS.
  • Submit a professional writing sample (use APA 6th edition formatting, including headings for each section) directly to NursingCAS.

4.  Applications are accepted year round for the PhD entering class.


Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $865.00 per semester credit hour.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.


Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Semester Credit Hour: $865.00
One Time Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $500.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1050 (Effective July 1, 2012) is required annually. The fee is pro-rated for part-time students. ( Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • Extra Fees - Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (Acceptance Fee), are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 60 Semester Hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

HPH 7500 Philosophy of Science 3
HPH 7300 Biostats I 3
HPH 7310 Biostats II 3
HPH 7200 Ethics 3
HPH 7400 Quantitative Research Design 3
HPH 7410 Qualitative Research 3
NSG 7000 Theory Development 3
HPH 7600 Grant Writing & Publication 3
NSG 7120 Health Care Policy 3
NSG 7230 Health Care Leadership 3
NSG 7140 Theories of Education 3
NSG 7150 Instructional Design and Curriculum Development 3
NSG 7310 Doctoral Seminar I 1
NSG 7210 Evidence Based Evaluation 3
NSG 7220 Higher Education Leadership 3
NSG 7320 Doctoral Seminar II 1
HPH 7700 Tests and Measurements 3
NSG 7250 Scholarship and Applied Research 3
NSG 7330 Doctoral Seminar III 1
NSG 7340 Dissertation (Continually enrolled until graduation) 9

Total Core Course Credits - 60. There is an annual one-week residency requirement at an on-campus institute.

For the Ph.D. course descriptions please see the HPD Catalog.

Refer to this guide (PDF) for all the details and instructions necessary to help you complete your dissertation.

Doctoral Student and Dissertation Guide