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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) with focus on Nursing Education

Attention Applicants

A NursingCAS application is required to be considered for admission to NSU. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1:

Apply to NursingCAS

Step 2:

Apply to NSU

Teaching the next generation of nurses and making meaningful contributions to nursing education 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. 

How you'll learn more.
Courses are offered online an online format. The yearly 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 the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing or post master’s degree program in nursing.
  • Master's degree in nursing (from a CNEA or CCNE accredited school) or a master's degree in a related field. If the applicant's master's degree is not in nursing, the applicant must have a B.S.N.
  • Current active United States professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (published or unpublished paper)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

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 NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

I HPH 7500 Philosophy of Science 3
I HPH 7300 Biostatistics I 3
II HPH 7310 Biostatistics II 3
II NSG 7000 Theory Development 3
III HPH 7400 Quantitative Research Design 3
III HPH 7410 Qualitative Research Design 3
IV HPH 7220 Research Ethics 3
IV NSG 7030 Leadership in Higher Education 3
V NSG 7020 Health Care Policy and Advocacy 3
V HPH 7700 Tests and Measurements 3
VI NSG 7140 Theories of Education 3
VI NSG 7150 Instructional Design and Curriculum Development 3
VII NSG 7270 Doctoral Inquiry 1
VII NSG 7210 Evidence-Based Evaluation 3
VII HPH 7600 Grants and Publications 3
VIII NSG 7280 State of the Science 1
VIII NSG 7260 Health Care Education 3
VIII NSG 7470 Advanced Nursing Research 3
IX NSG 7290 Comprehensive Examination 1
X NSG 7340 Dissertation (Continually enrolled until graduation)   Min. 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.

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.


Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
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 60 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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