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Decker School of Nursing

PhD Program

General information and requirements

Our well established Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in nursing prepares graduates for research and active scholarship that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of healthcare for rural and vulnerable populations. Students will be prepared to conduct research and develop theory related to these populations. Graduates of the program will also be able to design future practice models, direct the development of policy initiatives and effect meaningful change within healthcare delivery systems.

The program is research-based with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable populations. It includes:

  • Research and conceptualizationAddressing advanced research methods, theory development and analysis, advanced statistics for health research, conceptual analysis, instrumentation and measurement, as well as involvement in active research programs
  • Nursing and health policyAddressing the healthcare needs of rural and vulnerable populations and the issues, strategies and policy-development interventions for healthcare delivery for these populations
  • Cognate coursesSelected courses advancing student's knowledge in their specific area of interest
  • DissertationAn independent, original research project is required

Curriculum

The program for the PhD in nursing requires 52–54 credit hours of study and successful completion and defense of a dissertation. Beginning in spring 2018, courses for the PhD in nursing program will be offered on Fridays. 

  • Sample curriculum plan (sequence of courses)

    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 semester 

    Credits

     NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    3

    Semester total

    13

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    3

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics, Multivariate

    3

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

    3

    Semester total

    12

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Alternatives in Health

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems

    3

    NURS 692: Research Seminar III

    3

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    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

     Semester total

    12–14

    Cognate courses  

    Credits

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

    3

    Remaining semesters

    Credits

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

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

    1

     TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

    52–54 

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

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690: Research Seminar I

    2

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 691: Research Seminar II

    2

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Framework OR NURS 622: Vulnerable Population, Theoretical Framework

    3

    Semester total

    11

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

    3

    NURS 623: Theoretical Frameworks, Health Promotion OR NURS 624: Theoretical Frameworks, Alternatives in Health

    3

    NURS 633: Advanced Health Systems

    3

    NURS 692: Research Seminar III

    2

    Semester total

    11

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 693: Research Seminar IV

    2

    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

    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

    Credits

    Comprehensive/qualifying examination

    1

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

    1

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

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 600: Advanced Quantitative Analysis

    3

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

    3

    NURS 640: Rural People and Communities in Metropolitan Society I

    4

    NURS 690A: Research Seminar

    2

    Semester total

    12

    Spring semester

    Credits

    NURS 602: Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena

    3

    NURS 690B: Research Seminar 

    2

    NURS 603: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate

    3

    NURS 621: The Rural Imperative, Theoretical Framework 

    3

    Semester total

    11

    Year 2

    Fall semester 

    Credits

    NURS 604: Qualitative Methods for 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

    3

    NURS 690C: Research Seminar 

    2

     Semester total

    11

    Spring semester 

    Credits

    NURS 607: PhD Research Design Seminar

    3

    NURS 690D: Research Seminar 

    2

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

    3

    Cognate course

    3

    Semester total

    11

    TOTAL COURSE CREDITS

    45

    Subsequent semesters

    Credits

    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 admission 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
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Two papers that demonstrate your ability to analyze and synthesize nursing phenomena
  • Three recommendations for doctoral study
  • A statement of research interests and professional goals, including possible Decker School of Nursing PhD faculty members whose current research you feel your background and interests might coincide with
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • All applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX-RN examination prior to the start of clinical courses and/or by a specified date set by the director of graduate nursing programs
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must present a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is a requirement of 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 personal interview
  • A progressive record of continued development in nursing practice and scholarship
  • For international students: 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; international students must also provide proof of a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in their home country

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.

Starting this spring: PhD courses offered on Fridays

Students in the doctoral program at the Decker School of Nursing must often balance their desire to obtain a doctorate with their practice, teaching and family responsibilities. To make this easier, starting in spring 2018 Decker will offer courses for the PhD program on Fridays.

In just three years you could reach your goal of a PhD in nursing!

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Last Updated: 11/2/17