PhD Program

 

  • Curriculum plan, students admitted fall 2014-current

    This is a sample of a typical program of study or sequence of courses for students in the PhD program at the Decker School of Nursing.

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

    Year 1

    Fall  

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Research Methods and Quantitative Analyses

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in a Metropolitan Society

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    3

    Fall semester total

    13

    Spring 

     

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for the Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Frameworks for Rural Nursing
    OR
    NURS 622: Vulnerable Populations, Theoretical Framework

    3

    NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    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 692: Research Seminar III

    3

    Fall semester total

    12

    Spring  

     

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 607: PhD Dissertation Seminar

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

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

    2

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    3

    Spring semester total

    12–14

    Cognate courses  

     

    Cognate course may be taken in any of the above semesters or while writing the dissertation

    3

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

    52–54

    Remaining semesters

     

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

  • Curriculum plan, students admitted fall 2012-spring 2014
    Year 1

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Research Methods and Quantitative Analyses

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in a Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    2

    Fall semester total

    12

    Spring 

     

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for the Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Frameworks for Rural Nursing OR NURS 622: Vulnerable Populations, Theoretical Framework

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    2

    Spring semester total

    11

    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 692: Research Seminar III

    2

    Fall semester total

    11

    Spring  

     

    NURS 607: PhD Dissertation Seminar

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    NURS 660: Leadership in Nursing Education

    3

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

    2

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    2

    Spring semester total

    11–13

    Cognate courses  

    Credits

    Cognate course may be taken in any of the above semesters or while writing the dissertation

    3

    TOTAL COURSE CREDITS

    48–50

    Remaining semesters

     

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

  • Curriculum plan, students admitted fall 2011-spring 2012
    Year 1

    Fall  

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Research Methods and Quantitative Analyses

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in a Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690A: Research Seminar

    2

    Fall semester total

    12

    Spring 

     

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for the Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Frameworks for Rural Nursing 

    3

    NURS 690B: Research Seminar

    2

    Spring semester total

    11

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Clinical Seminar in Rural Health, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Clinical Semester Rural Health, Response to Illness

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems and Public Policy

    3

    NURS 690C: Research Seminar 

    2

    Fall semester total

    11

    Spring  

     

    NURS 607: PhD Dissertation Seminar

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    NURS 690D: Research Seminar

    2

    Cognate course

    3

    Sprint semester total

    11

    TOTAL COURSE CREDITS

    45

    Subsequent semesters

     

    NURS 699: Dissertation (students will register for 1 credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended)

    1

  • Part-time students or students who started prior to fall 2011

    Review the University Bulletin in effect the year you started the PhD program.

    Meet with your faculty advisor or the PhD program director for guidance with program planning.

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- or CCNE-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 Academic Advising and Student Services Office, the undergraduate or graduate program director or the 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: