Decker School of Nursing

PhD Program

General information and requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in nursing prepares graduates for research and active scholarship that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of healthcare for rural and vulnerable populations. Students will be prepared to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations. Graduates of the program will also be able to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems. The program is research-based with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable populations.

The program includes:

  • Research and conceptualizationAddressing advanced research methods, theory development and analysis, advanced statistics for health research, conceptual analysis, instrumentation and measurement, as well as involvement in active research programs
  • Nursing and health policyAddressing the healthcare needs of rural and vulnerable populations and the issues, strategies and policy-development interventions for healthcare delivery for these populations
  • Cognate coursesSelected courses advancing student's knowledge in their specific area of interest
  • DissertationAn independent, original research project is required

Curriculum

The program for the PhD in nursing requires 52–54 credit hours of study and successful completion and defense of a dissertation.

  • Sample curriculum plan (sequence of courses)

    This is a sample of a typical program of study or sequence of courses for students in the PhD program at the Decker School of Nursing.

    For a complete description of the nursing courses, see the schedule of classes.

    Year 1

    Fall semester 

    Credits

     NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    3

    Semester total

    13

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    3

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics, Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Framework OR NURS 622: Vulnerable Populations, Theoretical Framework

    3

    Semester total

    12

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Alternatives in Health

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems

    3

    NURS 692: Research Seminar III

    3

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education

    3

    NURS 661: Teaching Practicum (required if student has no teaching experience)

    2

     Semester total

    12–14

    Cognate courses  

    Credits

    Cognate course may be taken in any of the above semesters or while writing the dissertation

    3

    Remaining semesters

    Credits

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

     TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

    52–54 

  • Curriculum plan, students admitted fall 2012-spring 2014
    Year 1

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    2

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    2

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Framework OR NURS 622: Vulnerable Population, Theoretical Framework

    3

    Semester total

    11

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Alternatives in Health

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems

    3

    NURS 692: Research Seminar III

    2

    Semester total

    11

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    2

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education

    3

    NURS 661: Teaching Practicum (required if student has no teaching experience)

    2

    Semester total

    11–13

    Cognate courses  

    Credits

    Cognate course may be taken in any of the above semesters or while writing the dissertation

    3

    TOTAL COURSE CREDITS

    48–50

    Remaining semesters

    Credits

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

  • Program plan, students admitted fall 2011-spring 2012
    Year 1

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690A: Research Seminar

    2

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 690B: Research Seminar 

    2

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Framework 

    3

    Semester total

    11

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Clinical Seminar in Rural Health, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Clinical Semester Rural Health, Response to Illness

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems

    3

    NURS 690C: Research Seminar 

    2

     Semester total

    11

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 690D: Research Seminar 

    2

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    Cognate course

    3

    Semester total

    11

    TOTAL COURSE CREDITS

    45

    Subsequent semesters

    Credits

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

  • Part-time students or students who started prior to fall 2011

    Review the University Bulletin in effect the year you started the PhD program.

    Meet with your faculty advisor or the PhD program director for guidance with program planning.

PhD candidacy requirements 

Students are admitted to PhD candidacy upon satisfactory completion of:

  • Required coursework
  • University Graduate School residency requirement
  • A comprehensive examination
  • Successful defense of the dissertation proposal
  • A teaching requirement

Application requirements

For students wishing to pursue the PhD program, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE scores (75th percentile or higher are desirable)
  • Two papers that demonstrate student's ability to analyze and synthesize nursing phenomena
  • Three recommendations for doctoral study
  • A statement of research interests and professional goals including possible current Decker School of Nursing PhD faculty member(s) whose current research you feel your background and interest could coincide with
  • A current unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • Completion of a statistics course (within five years)
  • Curriculum vitae including employment and education history
  • Computer literacy skills
  • A personal interview
  • A progressive record of continued development in nursing practice and scholarship
  • For international students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores; International Student Financial Statement Form; and Official Bank Statement/Proof of Support
  • All applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

Admissions information and how to apply

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

You may also wish to explore the Decker School's graduate tuition and funding or after graduation webpages.

Last Updated: 2/28/17