Nursing (PhD)

Admissions Criteria

The holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the PhD Program in Nursing.  The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, including the applicant's professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, research interest, RN license, area of expertise, community engagement, and potential for a scholarly career in nursing.

The University of Louisville School of Nursing participates in Nursing's Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which provides you with an online application.  NursingCAS collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts.  The School of Nursing will receive application information from NursingCAS and use it to make an admission decisions.

To be considered for admission to Degree Status, the following items must be submitted:

To the Graduate School

  • University of Louisville Graduate Application with a reduced application fee. Online submission is preferred.

To NursingCAS

  1. Transcripts
    • BSN applicant: Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be from a regionally accredited institution and a CCNE-, ACEN-, or NLN-accredited nursing program.
    •  MSN applicant: Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a recommended graduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. MSN degree must be from CCNE- or NLN-accredited nursing program.
    • DNP applicant:  Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a recommended graduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.  DNP degree must be from CCNE- or NLN-accredited nursing program.
  2. ​Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. Recommendations should be requested from former faculty members, current or immediate past employers, or other nursing/health professionals. Recommendations must have been completed within the last year.
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including RN license number.
  5. Unencumbered RN license from a US state board of nursing. International students need to be licensed as registered nurses in their country of origin, if licensure is available. If course work, research, or graduate assistantship involves direct patient care activities, an RN license to practice in Kentucky must be obtained prior to December in student's first year of study.
  6. Responses to all questions asked on the NursingCAS application.
  7. Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency.
  8. A written statement  of career goals, area(s) of expertise, research interest, and reasons for pursuing doctoral studies. Maximum three pages; double spaced; 12-point font.

To the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services

  1. Personal interview with School of Nursing faculty will be required.
  2. Criminal background check. Information is available through the School of Nursing web-site.

Applicants accepted into the MSN-PhD and DNP-PhD programs are strongly advised to have completed a three (3) credit hour graduate level statistics course (applied descriptive and inferential statistics) with a grade of B (3.0) or higher within five years of the enrollment date. Applicants who wish to take a refresher statistics course will be advised of available statistics courses to take in the summer prior to beginning fall PhD coursework in statistics.

Program Requirements

BSN-PhD students will complete 15 credit hours of required master's-level courses.

Master's-Level Coursework
Courses
NURS 605Theoretical Application for Practice3
NURS 607Foundational Concepts of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 627Epidemiology and Global Health3
or NURS 741 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 657Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations.3
NURS 791Applied Statistics for Evidence Based Practice3
Minimum Total Hours15

BSN-PhD and MSN-PhD Students will complete the following 40 credit hours of required doctoral-level courses, the qualifying exam, and a dissertation:

Post-Master's Coursework
NURS 700Theoretical Basis of Nursing3
NURS 702Philosophy of Science3
NURS 710Research Methodology I: Qualitative Research Methods3
NURS 711Research Methodology II: Quantitative Design3
NURS 712Research Methodology III: Nursing Measurement3
NURS 714Research Methodology IV: Analysis of Existing Data3
NURS 725Leadership and Health Policy for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse3
NURS 735PhD Seminar I1
NURS 736PhD Seminar II1
NURS 737PhD Seminar III1
NURS 738PhD Seminar IV1
Advanced Statistics Courses6
Three Cognates9
DOCT 600Doctoral Candidacy 10
Minimum Total Hours40
1

Prerequisite: Completion of course work and successful completion of qualifying exam.

DNP-PhD Coursework

NURS 700Theoretical Basis of Nursing3
NURS 702Philosophy of Science3
NURS 710Research Methodology I: Qualitative Research Methods3
NURS 711Research Methodology II: Quantitative Design3
NURS 712Research Methodology III: Nursing Measurement3
NURS 714Research Methodology IV: Analysis of Existing Data3
NURS 735PhD Seminar I1
NURS 736PhD Seminar II1
NURS 737PhD Seminar III1
NURS 738PhD Seminar IV1
One Cognate 3
Two graduate level statistics courses6
NURS 793State of Science Review (Optional)1-3
DOCT 600Doctoral Candidacy0
Minimum Total Hours31