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Online PhD in Nursing Ethics

  • Application Period opens July 1, 2020, for May 2021 Admission 

  • Application Deadline - February 1, 2021

  • NO GRE or Application Fee Required

The School of Nursing and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Center for Health Care Ethics are offering an interdisciplinary PhD in Nursing Ethics. This one-of-a-kind PhD program in Nursing Ethics combines doctoral courses in Nursing and Healthcare Ethics. This online program may be completed in four years, with select residency requirements, including a study abroad component.

How credits are calculated:

26 credits - Nursing
12 credits - Health Care Ethics
3 credits - Cognate
6 credits - Dissertation

47 Total Credits

PhD in Nursing Ethics Roundtable Videos

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You may view the entire video (23 minutes) or view individual sections below:

Video 1 (7 minutes)

  • Overview of the School of Nursing and online PhD in Nursing Ethics Progra
  • Our Commitment to Ethics
  • Our Partnership with the Center for Health Care Ethics

Video 2 (3 minutes)

  • The Role of the Nurse Ethicist

Video 3 (10 minutes)

  • The Curriculum in the PhD in Nursing Ethics Program

Video 4 (3 minutes)

  • The Candidate for the PhD in Nursing Ethics Program; The Application Process

Residency Requirements

Residency 1: Doctoral Week (Summer of year 1)
Every student admitted to the PhD program is required to come to campus for the first residency, usually held during the third week of May. 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: Study Abroad (Summer of year 2)
Students enrolled in GPNG 924 Methods of Scientific Inquiry II will take part of the course as a study abroad experience (approx. 10-14 days) in locations such as Dublin, Ireland where students will have housing at the Duquesne University Ireland campus.

Residency 3: Dissertation Final Defense (Year 4)
Students are required to come to campus for the final public defense of their dissertation.

Ethics Article

Read an article from the recent School of Nursing magazine on ethics - "Doing the Right Thing"


Nursing Viewbook

Graduate Student Handbook

University Graduate Catalog