Gain an Advanced Nursing Education

You’re ready to take your nursing career to the next level, using your experience as a D.N.P. to help propel you for an advanced role in nursing education. Your expertise is in demand. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), there is currently a critical need for nurses educated at the Ph.D. level and prepared to assume faculty positions.

The D.N.P. to Ph.D. program at NSU is for nurses who have already obtained their D.N.P. and want to further their education. NSU’s program is offered fully online with attendance to yearly two to three day face-to-face Summer Institute sessions. It's designed to make it achievable for working nurses to pursue their passions without having to put their careers on hold. Through this alternate pathway, which builds on your previous D.N.P. degree coursework, you can obtain your Ph.D. faster than through a traditional route. Not only will you work to become an expert in nursing education, but you’ll have the opportunity to advance the science and art of nursing too.

At NSU, we believe in an interdisciplinary approach to education. Your coursework will introduce you to new concepts and theories that help you develop expertise in nursing education. And, because research teams typically involve individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines, your research studies may include collaboration with colleagues engaged in the education of other health care professions.

Prepare for personal and professional advancement by educating the next generation of nurses.

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

Quick Facts


Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year (subject to change by the Board of Trustees without notice) is $936/semester credit hour.


NSU’s D.N.P. to Ph.D. program is 36 total credits to complete, including a minimum of 9 credits of dissertation.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for winter admission is December 9.

Delivery Options

The D.N.P. to Ph.D. curriculum is delivered completely online, with a yearly two to three day face-to-face Summer Institute session.

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Ph.D. in Nursing Curriculum

HPH 7500
Philosophy of Science (HPH 7500 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7310
Biostatistics II (HPH 7310 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7400
Quantitative Research Design (HPH 7400 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7410
Qualitative Research Design (HPH 7410 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7270
Doctoral Inquiry (NSG 7270 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7210
Evidence-Based Evaluation (NSG 7210 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7280
State of the Science (NSG 7280 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7470
Advanced Nursing Research (NSG 7470 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7140
Theories of Education (NSG 7140 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7150
Instructional Design and Curriculum (NSG 7150 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7290
Comprehensive Examination (NSG 7290 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7340*
Dissertation (Continually enrolled until graduation) (NSG 7340* / Credits: 9 )

*Minimum of 9 credits of dissertation for degree. Additional credits as needed. 

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit

Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply. Nursing students must submit the NursingCAS application.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS.

NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs at participating schools. It is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round.

Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.

Submit Transcripts to NursingCAS

Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

International Applicants 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.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

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.

Complete the Supplemental NSU Application

Once the NursingCAS application is completed, you should complete the supplemental NSU Application online.

Once all applications and documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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