2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing (Ph.D.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to assume roles as health care researchers, faculty, and health care administrators with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in under-served and rural populations.  The Ph.D. program will educate nurse scientists in academic, research, practice and policy issues in urban, rural, frontier, and reservation areas.

Program Objectives

The graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program will demonstrate the following:

  • Discover and disseminate knowledge relevant to the discipline of nursing with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention in underserved and rural populations.
  • Provide leadership for increasingly complex roles in nursing research, practice, and education and/or healthcare organizations.
  • Develop theoretical frameworks of phenomena related to nursing science.
  • Provide leadership for the analysis and resolution of ethical healthcare issues in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor healthcare to the diverse lifeways of clients.
  • Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic-political-cultural determinants of health. 
  • Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing serving rural and underserved populations.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


Students who are Registered Nurses must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.  International students who are Registered Nurses must provide evidence of national registration in good standing in their home country.

Course Delivery Format

Nursing courses are delivered face-to-face and enhanced with web-based instruction. Online course delivery is also offered for specified courses.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan
  90 Credit Plan

Core Requirements

** Courses required to be completed only as part of the 90 Credit Plan.

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting the requirements of SDSU Graduate School, applicants must have:

  • Current RN licensure. International students who are nurses are required to show proof of current licensure/registration as a Registered Nurse (or equivalent), in good standing, in their home country, and maintain that licensure throughout the duration of the program.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • Master’s degree in nursing or a related field of study from an accredited program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in master’s coursework.
  • Completed application to Graduate Nursing Program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within the past five years.
  • Example of scholarly written work.
  • Interview with graduate faculty.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .

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