Empower the Next Generation of Nurses

Nursing is your life’s passion, and there’s a class full of Sharks just waiting to follow in your footsteps.

Influence the future of health care today by earning a Ph.D. in Nursing, focusing on Nursing Education, at NSU. Powerful and convenient, the online Ph.D. program, along with the yearly one-week Summer Institute, will train you to make a meaningful contribution to nursing education. With a shared passion for teaching, our accomplished faculty will act as dependable guides throughout your journey.

Become a well-rounded educator as you take interdisciplinary courses, and get access to experts across NSU’s health programs and other academic areas. Discover your specialization, and explore both quantitative and qualitative research, biostatistics and grant writing in your core courses.

With the highest degree possible from an accredited, first-rate university, you’ll get the chance to elevate the entire profession of nursing, one Shark at a time.

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.


This degree program is 60 total credits to complete.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online. Admission for this program is only in fall. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for admission is March 1.

Delivery Options

The Ph.D. Nursing 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 7300
Biostatistics I (HPH 7300 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7310
Biostatistics II (HPH 7310 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7000
Theory Development (NSG 7000 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7400
Quantitative Research Design (HPH 7400 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7410
Qualitative Research Design (HPH 7410 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7220
Research Ethics (HPH 7220 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7030
Leadership in Higher Education (NSG 7030 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7020
Health Care Policy and Advocacy (NSG 7020 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7700
Tests and Measurements (HPH 7700 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7140
Theories of Education (NSG 7140 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7150
Instructional Design and Curriculum Development (NSG 7150 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7270
Doctoral Inquiry (NSG 7270 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7210
Evidence-Based Evaluation (NSG 7210 / Credits: 3 )
HPH 7600
Grants and Publications (HPH 7600 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7280
State of the Science (NSG 7280 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7260
Health Care Education (NSG 7260 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7470
Advanced Nursing Research (NSG 7470 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7290
Comprehensive Examination (NSG 7290 / Credits: 1 )
NSG 7340*
Dissertation (Continually enrolled until graduation) (NSG 7340* / Credits: 9 )

Each year, a summer institute is held at the end of May or beginning of June on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. Attendance for this two-four day institute is mandatory.

*Minimum of 9 credits

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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