The School of Nursing provides answers to frequently asked questions about the PhD in Nursing program.
A Doctor of Philosophy degree, abbreviated PhD, is the highest academic degree anyone can earn. The PhD 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 PhD is the expected degree for an academic position. Major universities require faculty to hold a PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD by addressing them as "Doctor".
The PhD in Nursing program is the appropriate degree for curious, mature students who desire to add to the science of nursing. The PhD 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.
The PhD in Nursing program is offered on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson, although the online portions may be pursued from your home. Core courses (Philosophy of Science, Theory Construction and Testing, Quantitative Research Designs, Qualitative Research Designs and Advanced Statistics) may be taken either through the UMMC School of Nursing or the nursing school at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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.
Admission to the PhD program occurs in the fall. The application deadline is December 15. Applications are available beginning each July.
The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers graduate education leading to the PhD in nursing. Please note: Students wishing to apply to the PhD in Nursing program must apply to the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, and not the School of Nursing. Please apply to the PhD 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 "PhD in Nursing." In addition, visit the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences website.
Yes, the PhD 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 suggested plan of study, PhD 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.
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 PhD 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.
For more information about admission criteria, visit the School of Graduate Studies admission criteria.For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call (601) 815-0124 or (601) 815-9310. To reach the administrative assistant for the PhD in Nursing program, please call (601) 984-6221 or email CMcHann@umc.edu.