NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing—Ph.D. Program 559 Admissions Requirements Prospective Ph.D. in Nursing and D.N.P. to Ph.D. students are selected for admission based on application content, academic record, professional nursing licensure, and reference forms. Admission to the Ph.D. program requires • a master’s degree in nursing or a related field from a regionally or internationally accredited school T he M.S.N. degree program must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). If applicants do not have a master’s degree in nursing, and their master’s degree is in a related field, they must have a B.S.N. degree. • a minimummaster’s degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale a. For students with less than 24 months of active, independent nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. b. For students with 24 months or more of active, independent nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), an overall GPA of 2.75 is required. • an unencumbered, active, United States R.N. license (must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program) • two reference letters/forms from individuals other than relatives • a writing sample submitted directly to NursingCAS, using APA 7th edition formatting (including headings for each section), that includes the following information: a. discussion of a problem or issue you see in your professional practice today that needs to be addressed from a Ph.D. perspective (250 words minimum) b. discussion of your personal and professional goals related to the Ph.D. (250 words minimum) • a résumé or curriculum vitae • an interview by the program director The online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing Program is a terminal degree with two distinct foci—Nursing Education and Administrative Leadership. The focus on Nursing Education prepares students who have master’s degrees to practice as educators and nurse scientists in academia. The Administrative Leadership focus prepares students who havemaster’s degrees to be leaders and nurse scientists in clinical practice. The program coursework is primarily online with a required, annual, weeklong Summer Institute at the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. Attendance at the Summer Institute is required until students begin their comprehensive examinations. To progress in the Ph.D. program, students must take a minimum of one course per semester, being continuously enrolled with nomore than one semester taken off per year. All students in the Ph.D. track take 9 semester hours of core courses. Courses within the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing include 12 semester hours of nursing science and nursing theory courses, 15 semester hours of advanced nursing research courses, 15 semester hours of higher education, and a minimum of 9 semester hours of dissertation. The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree is based on an interprofessional approach to education. NSU’s Health Professions Division provides eight courses that are offered in an interprofessional format with the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing and the departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Health Science. For further information, call the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing at (954) 262-1975 or 800-356-0026, ext. 21975. Doctor of Nursing Practice to Doctor of Philosophy (D.N.P. to Ph.D.) Program The D.N.P. to Ph.D. program is designed for nurses who have completed the D.N.P. degree through an accredited school (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA, NLNAC), and have an interest in further advancing their education to complete a Ph.D. with a focus on Nursing Education or Administrative Leadership. The program begins in the winter semester. It is six semesters (27 semester hours) of coursework, followed by a minimum of three semesters (9 semester hours) of dissertation. The entire program consists of 36 semester hours at a minimum. The classes are online, and there is a one-week summer institute held at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. (D.N.P. to Ph.D. students will attend two summers.) The summer institute occurs once per year, generally in late May or early June, and attendance is required. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

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