PhD Program

The Decker School's PhD program in nursing prepares graduates:

  • for research and active scholarship in nursing that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of healthcare for rural and other vulnerable populations
  • to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations
  • to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems

Curriculum

PhD program requirements can be found below. You may also download a printer-friendly version of the PhD sample curriculum plan and PhD degree requirements worksheet.

  • Curriculum plan, full-time students admitted fall 2019

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

    Year 1

    Fall  

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Health Disparities Across Populations

    3

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    3

    Fall semester total

    12

    Spring 

     

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 621: Rural Theoretical Frameworks
    OR
    NURS 622: Vulnerable Populations, Theoretical Frameworks

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education

    3

    Spring semester total

    12

    Year 2

    Fall  

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion
    OR
    NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Chronic Illness

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems and Public Policy

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    3

    Fall semester total

    12

    Spring  

     

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 605: Measurement of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 607: PhD Dissertation Seminar

    3

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

    0–2

    Spring semester total

    9–11

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED PRE-DISSERTATION

    45–47

    Remaining semesters

     

    Comprehensive exam/proposal defense

    0–1

    NURS 698: Pre-dissertation 

    1

    NURS 699: Dissertation (after comprehensive exam and proposal defense are complete)

    1

    Remaining semesters total

    2–3

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR PHD DEGREE

    46–48

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 criteria

All students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree at the Decker School of Nursing must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School. Further, they must adhere to all policies outlined in the Graduate School Manual.

In addition, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

NOTE: For complete information about application criteria and other requirements, applicants should review the University Bulletin (select "Nursing-Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department"). The rules and regulations posted in the University Bulletin at the time of a student's matriculation into the University are the ones to which that student is held.

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN-, CCNE- or CNEA-accredited school of nursing program
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • One paper that demonstrate the student's ability to analyze and/or synthesize nursing phenomena
  • Two recommendations for doctoral study
  • A statement of research interests and professional goals, including possible Decker School of Nursing PhD faculty members whose current research may coincide with the applicant's background and interests
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • Completion of a statistics course (within five years)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae, including employment and education history
  • A progressive record of continued development in nursing practice and scholarship
  • For international students

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) 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.

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction
Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the Decker School of Nursing and/or to meet licensure requirements for nursing or advanced practice licensure. If you have concerns about this, you are advised to contact the Decker Division of Advising and Academic Excellence, the graduate nursing program director or the Decker College Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in the Decker School of Nursing as it may change your progression and ability to be placed in a clinical agency. To learn if felony/child abuse convictions will negatively impact your ability for licensure, check with the State Board of Nursing in the state in which you plan to practice.

Fast Track Your PhD in Nursing

Changes in our doctoral program make it easier for post-MS students to finish the coursework for a PhD in just two years of full-time study. PhD courses are held on Fridays, making it easier to fit the program into your schedule.

 For more information, contact:

Melissa A. Sutherland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Director, PhD Program/Director, Kresge Center for Nursing Research/Professor

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences