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D.N.P. to Ph.D.

Are you currently a D.N.P. prepared faculty member looking to advance you education? Complete our D.N.P. to Ph.D. program to 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. No GRE is required to apply.

Admission to the D.N.P. to Ph.D. program requires the following:

  • overall minimum D.N.P. degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • current, unrestricted, United States R.N. license in the students’ state of residence
  • a D.N.P. from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school. Additionally, the D.N.P. degree program must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [ACEN], by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE], or by the Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation [CNEA]
  • CV
  • writing sample (published or unpublished paper)
  • two reference letters
    • These must be completed by individuals other than relatives. Some suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates
  • attend the mandatory on-campus summer institute

No GRE is required to apply.


The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

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

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

Josef Silny and Associates

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.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license, CV, writing sample & reference letters) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental NSU Application online.

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

The deadline to complete and submit the NSU application for winter admission will be December 9. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

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

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


Per Credit Hour 2020-2021: $927.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Seat Deposit: $500.00
HPD General Access Fee (Annually): $145.00
NSU Student Services Fee (Each Semester): $500.00
Registration Fee (Each Semester): $30.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time NSU Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Seat Deposit - $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.
  • Extra Fees: Students will incur additional cost such as books 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 $500 previously paid (seat deposit), are due upon registration. Tuition and fees for each subsequent semester are due upon registration. 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 36 semester hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

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