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DNP to PhD Program

Program Details

Total credits = 38 credits

  • 2.5 years including dissertation
  • 29 credits course work + 9 credits of dissertation

Residency Requirements

Residency 1: Doctoral Week (May of year 1)
Every student admitted to the PhD program is required to come to campus for the first residency, usually held during the first week of the summer semester. This week includes an orientation to the PhD program and provides an opportunity for students to meet faculty and participate in live classes for the courses in which they are enrolled that summer.

Residency 2: Topic Approval and Writing Intensive (May of year 2)
This residency is scheduled during doctoral week of the second year of the program. Students attend the 3-day intensive writing workshop.

Residency 3: Study Abroad (Summer of year 2)
Students enrolled in both GPNG 923 Methods of Scientific Inquiry II and GPNG 903 Measurement Issues, take part of the course as a study abroad experience (10-14 days) in locations such as Dublin, Ireland where students have housing at the Duquesne University Ireland campus.

Residency 4: Dissertation Final Defense
Students are required to come to campus for the final public defense of their dissertation.

Admissions Criteria

1. Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse

2. A bachelor's degree (BSN preferred) and/or Master of Science in Nursing degree

3. Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

4. Prerequisite courses:

  • Graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) - see FAQs
  • Graduate course in Nursing Research Methods (3 credits) OR Research/Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
  • Computer literacy or completed courses in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics

5. Computer skills, including the ability to send and download attachments, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics

6. Successful phone interview with PhD Admissions Committee member may be required

7. Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

Application Process

The admissions process for nursing graduate studies is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing.

1. Complete the online application. If transcripts will be sent under a different name, i.e. maiden or former name, please indicate that name.

2. Provide three reference letters -  two professional and one academic or three professional. Send this link to your references to complete: Graduate Reference Form
By forwarding this link to your references, you waive your right to view the recommendations.

3. Mail the following to the School of Nursing - PhD Program:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV): a complete resume with dated work and practice, honors, awards, publications and presentations
  • Copy of current unencumbered RN license
  • Provide up to 750 words description to articulate the evolution of your Evidence-Based project to research
  • Provide a sample of your scholarly writing (publication, publishable manuscript, or abstract describing your Evidence-Based project)
  • Copy of course syllabus for prerequisite courses: graduate statistics and graduate nursing research methods or research/evidence-based practice

4. Arrange for these sealed documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing - PhD Program:

  • Official bachelor's degree transcript
  • Official master's degree transcript
  • Official DNP transcript
  • Official transcripts for prerequisite courses, if not included on other advanced program transcripts

5. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.

6. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in class.