PhD in Nursing
In 1994, a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing program of part-time, evening course work was initiated for students with work or family commitments that prohibited full-time study. In 1997, coinciding with an expanding international role, the School of Nursing decided to make the program available to nurses throughout the United States and abroad. With the encouragement of the Duquesne University provost and president, the School of Nursing began a distance learning experiment, admitting a class of doctoral students with the guarantee that all their required courses could be completed online. The project was so successful that the School of Nursing continued to offer the program online.
Students are required to be on campus for one week each spring (usually the second or third week of May) while completing their required coursework, a period that varies from 2-4 years. During that week, students meet with faculty advisors, attend lectures by visiting professors, participate in seminars for required courses, complete examinations, and participate in program evaluation. First-time PhD students will begin a 1-credit introductory course.
Post-Master's Certificate Option
PhD students can obtain a post-master's certificate prior to, or while, pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing, and up to 9 credits from the post-master's certificate program can be used as cognates in the PhD program if appropriate. For example, while obtaining a Post-Master's Certificate in Forensic Nursing, a student can pursue a PhD in nursing (the student's PhD dissertation would focus on an area related to forensic nursing). However, the application process for Post-Master's Certificates and the PhD program are separate, and admission to one program is not a guarantee of admission to the other.
Nursing PhD Scholarship 2013-2015