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The School of Nursing provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Ph.D. in Nursing program.
A Doctor of Philosophy degree, abbreviated Ph.D., is the highest academic degree anyone can earn. The Ph.D. is the desired degree for roles in nursing leadership, policy and research. This degree gives you the skills necessary to conduct research that extends the body of nursing knowledge, affects health and improves nursing outcomes. A Ph.D. is the expected degree for an academic position. Major universities require faculty to hold a Ph.D. and engage in research. Why? To assure faculty have expertise to teach and to remain current in the science and practice of nursing. Because earning a Ph.D. requires comprehensive study and passionate intellectual effort, less than 1 percent of the population achieves this credential. Society shows respect for a person who holds a Ph.D. by addressing them as "Doctor".
The Ph.D. in Nursing program is the appropriate degree for curious, mature students who desire to add to the science of nursing. The Ph.D. in Nursing program is designed to develop nurse researchers to generate and translate knowledge toward improving the health of individuals, families, communities and populations through the conduct of clinical research. The emphasis of the DNP program is on health-care delivery and the health-care delivery system as well as the clinical populations served.
Classes are currently scheduled on Thursdays, although some courses do not meet every week and some are primarily online.
No more than half of the hours required for graduation will be accepted for credit toward a UMMC degree. Courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis if the credits are clearly relevant to the student's current program. However, a minimum of enrollment for one continuous academic year is required to meet the residency requirement.
Full-time study in the Ph.D. in Nursing program begins in the fall. The deadline to apply is May 1.
The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers graduate education leading to the Ph.D. in nursing. Please note: Students wishing to apply to the Ph.D. in Nursing program must apply to the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, and not the School of Nursing. Please click here to apply to the Ph.D. In Nursing program, and make sure to select "School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences" in the drop-down box on the application, then select "Ph.D. in Nursing."
In addition, click here to learn more about the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.
Yes, the Ph.D. in Nursing program requires a dissertation, which demonstrates original research. With support of a dissertation committee, each student designs, implements, analyzes and evaluates notable scientific research.
Class size varies, but is intentionally kept small.
On a full-time plan of study, Ph.D. coursework takes two years to complete, in addition to the comprehensive exam and dissertation. The dissertation typically takes two to three years following completion of the comprehensive exam. The PhD in Nursing program plan of study is structured for full-time student; however, there is an option for part-time students.
Resources that support quantitative and qualitative research are available to students. Graphic services are available for professional poster printing and other materials.
Talking with a Ph.D. program adviser is a critical step in making this determination. However, the following questions may be helpful as you consider your gifts, abilities and ambitions.
If you think you have what it takes, then give us a call. We look forward to helping you achieve one of the greatest accomplishments of a lifetime.
For other information, visit the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences handbook.
Student Recruitment: (601) 984-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Doctoral Studies: (601) 984-6221
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Jackson, MS 39216