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Nursing, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #407 (QS) , TN,
The College of Nursing offers a doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in nursing. The doctoral program prepares nursing scholars capable of integrating research, theory, and practice into their roles as researchers, educators, and/or administrators.

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Student Learning Outcomes - Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Analyze, test, refine and expand the theoretical basis of nursing.
  • From multiple modes of inquiry, select the most appropriate to conduct research that generates knowledge and advances nursing as a discipline.
  • Provide leadership as nurse scientists in transforming health and healthcare.
  • Collaborate with members of other disciplines in theory development, health-related research, and other scholarly activities.
  • Maintain professional standards, ethical principles and scientific integrity in scholarly activities.
  • Communicate the outcomes and implications of scholarly activities to professional and general audiences through multiple modes of dissemination.

The program offers part-time as well as fulltime study options. The PhD program in nursing can be completed in an accelerated option of four consecutive semesters of course work (15 months), followed by the dissertation. Part-time and BSN-to-PhD options are also available. 

The program is delivered by a mix of onsite and distance education modalities. Students spend two intensive weeks in residence each term, while participating in distance learning the remainder of the time. The doctoral residence requirement is met by two consecutive terms of full-time enrollment. Optional certificate programs in nursing education and health policy are available. The certificate in health policy is offered jointly with the Department of Public Health.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy and Knowledge Development for Nursing Science
  • Nursing Inquiry and Research Design
  • Middle-Range Theoretical Formulations for Nursing Science Development
  • Nursing Research Seminar
  • Qualitative Nursing Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Nursing Research
  • Research Practicum
  • State of the Science Seminar
  • Health and Health Care Policy
  • Nursing Leadership in Complex Systems 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

      Admission requirements:
  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      31538 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • National

      13120 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Knoxville

    • 885 - 1460 USD/month
      Living Costs

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