General Information and Requirements
The Decker School of Nursing'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
Our doctoral program makes 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 a busy schedule.
PhD program requirements can be found below. In addition, visit our Google drive for curriculum plans and worksheets for our full-time and part-time options.
Curriculum plan, full-time students admitted fall 2020
For a complete description of the nursing courses, see the schedule of classes.
NURS 608: Advanced Methods and Quantitative Analysis
NURS 609: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing
NURS 640: Health Disparities Across Populations
NURS 690: Research Seminar I
Fall semester total
NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis of Nursing Phenomena
NURS 621: Rural Theoretical Frameworks
NURS 622: Vulnerable Populations, Theoretical Frameworks
NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation
NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education
Spring semester total
NURS 604: Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion
NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Chronic Illness
NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems and Policy
NURS 691: Research Seminar II
Fall semester total
NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate
NURS 605: Measurement of Nursing Phenomena
NURS 607: PhD Dissertation Seminar
NURS 661: Teaching Practicum (required if student has no teaching experience)
Spring semester total
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED PRE-DISSERTATION
Comprehensive exam/proposal defense
NURS 698: Pre-dissertation
NURS 699: Dissertation (after comprehensive exam and proposal defense are complete)
Remaining semesters total
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR PHD DEGREE
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
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:
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
Additional criteria for international students
- In addition to having a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S., international students must also provide proof of a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in their home country.
- Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores), International Student Financial Statement Form and supporting financial documentation (such as official bank statements or official scholarship or sponsorship letters are required. Details are on the Graduate Admissions International Students Requirements webpage.
Spring applicants may only choose a part-time option for the first semester due to prerequisite requirements.
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 email@example.com.
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.