Nursing Program (Ph.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Ph.D. in Nursing (45 credits)

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program will help you develop your ability to conduct research and provide leadership through scientific inquiry. Gain confidence in your role as a nurse researcher and scholar while building a strong foundation in theory development, nursing research methods, and approaches to the development of new knowledge to enhance relationships among clients and colleagues. Optional nursing education credits available for those wishing to become nursing faculty and participate in the 2019 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

    Nurses with doctorate degrees are in high demand as our country’s population ages and increasingly complex global health nursing issues emerge. With our forward-thinking, patient-centered nursing education program, we prepare students to lead the way in nursing practice, research, and academia.

    • Hybrid learning model with a mix of online courses with evening and/or weekend classes
    • Highly skilled advising
    • Individualized advising, including with nursing doctoral dissertation topics and writing

    Program Requirements

    Applicants to the doctorate degree in nursing program must have an active registered nurse license. They also must have a bachelor's and master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. To view additional program application requirements please see the “Curriculum” tab.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Doctoral applicants are required to have earned a master's degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the doctoral program must apply to the Van Loan School at Endicott College using the online application found at endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions. General application requirements for all doctoral programs include submission of:

    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Current resume and/or curriculum vitae;
    • Three letters of recommendations. Recommendations should address scholarly potential;
    • Personal Statement: An original 6-10 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) personal statement should address the following questions.
      • 1. What relevant knowledge, skills, and experiences will you contribute to your doctoral study?
      • 2. In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals?
      • 3. What would be your ideal apprenticeship and why?
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (pa- per-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • All students are required to meet the college's current standards for medical entrance compliance and to provide documentation of licensure as a professional nurse.
    • After admission, compliance requirements are based on the student's program of study. For example, doctoral students who conduct research at a clinical site are required to meet all requirements related to orientation, immunizations, CPR, malpractice insurance, and any background checks required by the facility;
    • Submit examples of published works or scholarly papers;
    • Basic registered nursing preparation;
    • A 3.0 grade point average at the master's level is required;
    • Writing sample: In addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit any published work or scholarly papers. The paper should be short, limit 10 pages, (double-spaced, 12 point font) on an issue related to the nursing profession. The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document;
    • An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will: 

    • Incorporate mastery of knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to engage in activities that extend disciplinary knowledge as a scholar and researcher.
    • Combine logical, critical and scientific thinking with ethical integrity in the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of nursing research.
    • Integrate the philosophical foundations of knowledge into theory and research development that contributes to improving nursing care and practice.
    • Select theories and research relevant to the care of diverse, ethnic and cultural populations.
    • Collaborate and Communicate as a scholar within nursing and interdisciplinary community in the conduct and application of research.
    • Pursue lifelong learning and ongoing personal development through excellence in scholarly activities within and beyond the discipline.
    • Embraces the diversity of opportunities for career development, professional roles and disciplinary leadership as a nurse scientist, scholar, educator or mentor.

    Required Curriculum

    NUR XXX Research Elective - 3 cr.

    NUR 701 - Philosophy of Science
    NUR 702 - Research Methods I: Qualitative
    NUR 705 - Knowledge Development in Nursing Science
    NUR 710 - Approaches to Nursing Knowledge and Theory Development: Deductive Process
    NUR 715 - Analysis and Evaluation of Theories Impacting Client Phenomena
    NUR 730 - Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Client and Nurse Relationships
    NUR 731 - Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Nursing Practice
    NUR 735 - Research Methods II: Quantitative
    NUR 750 - Emerging Roles: Nurse Scientist, Scholar and Leader
    NUR 753 - Design and Methods for Clinical Nursing Research
    NUR 760 - Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Advisement and Doctoral Seminar

    Total Required Credits - 45 cr.


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"I chose this program in particular for its affordability, flexibility, and unique 'family' environment."
Cynthia Mitsakis Ph.D. '18, RN, CEN

Ph.D. in Nursing at a Glance

45 Credits
of theoretical groundwork courses for knowledge development
$44,000 Approximate Program Cost
when completed in eight consecutive semesters
7:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
for a typical cohort of 6-8 students

Program Features

  • 45 credits to completion
  • Research-based coursework
  • Highly skilled faculty with current, real-world experience provide strong advising 
  • Hybrid learning model to meet your lifestyle, with some classes taught in-person and some online
  • Can be completed in three years, typically with two courses per semester
  • GREs not required; must provide documentation of license of a professional nurse
  • Cohort learning model has students move through the program as a group, fostering collaboration and improved learning
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