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PhD Program Overview

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing) is designed to prepare professional nurses as scholars, leaders, and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care. The program of study builds on preparation at the master's or baccalaureate level.

Graduates are prepared for culturally effective leadership roles in research, education, health policy, and health care.

Doctoral students have the opportunity to develop expertise and conduct research in a selected content area. In addition to structured course work, the program builds upon a mentorship model that recognizes that research skills are learned most effectively by working with a faculty research mentor who provides opportunities to practice the use of research techniques and the design and execution of original research within a focused program of research. Graduates of the PhD program will be able to:

  • Examine models, concepts and theories for their application in expanding the body of nursing and health-care knowledge;
  • Contribute to nursing science and health care through research that is disseminated in professional publications and presentations to the scientific communities and health-care consumers;
  • Conduct health-care investigations based upon scientifically sound conceptual and methodological decisions about research designs, measures, and analytic methods;
  • Reflect a consistent commitment to scientific integrity in the design, conduct, and dissemination of research;
  • Initiate and collaborate in interdisciplinary research and scholarly endeavors that contribute to health outcomes in a culturally effective manner;
  • Assume leadership roles in research and scholarship.
The PhD program was initiated in the fall of 1999. In addition to core program course requirements, students complete at least 12 credits of required courses and electives in a selected content area. Initiated in fall of 2000, the post-bachelor's PhD option allows individuals with baccalaureate degrees in nursing to complete the PhD in nursing without first obtaining a master's degree.

Link to the UAB SON PhD Program website for information about current students, news & highlights, and more!

For more information about the PhD Program contact:
Jennifer Frank, PhD
jfranf@uab.edu

205-975-9423

For additional information, refer to the links in the Table of Contents on the right side of the page or below.

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Admission

PhD Program Admission Requirements  
  1. A master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or approved by the Minister of Education for schools of nursing in foreign countries, equivalent to that in the UAB School of Nursing
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale) on all graduate-level coursework.
    NOTE: For the post-baccalaureate PhD option, the corresponding requirements are:
  3. A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or approved by the Minister of Education for schools of nursing in foreign countries, equivalent to that in the UAB School of Nursing
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate level coursework
  5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), plus an indication of writing skills; the scores must not be more than five years old. For test information and registration: GRE—www.gre.org
  6. For applicants from non-English speaking countries: a satisfactory TOEFL score (minimum 550)
  7. Computer literacy and access is required, with proficiency in word processing and e-mail correspondence, as well as familiarity and experience with the Internet. It is recommended that each student have their own personal computer meeting the specifications of the School of Nursing. (Specifications are available from the School of Nursing Web site).
  8. Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the United States
  9. A written goal statement that evidences congruence between the applicant’s research interests and School of Nursing faculty research
  10. At least one sample of independent written work (in English) that demonstrates the applicant’s scholarship potential. Representative examples include a paper, proposal, report, or publication.
  11. A current curriculum vitae
  12. Three references from individuals with expertise to comment on the applicant’s capability for research and scholarship (for example, university professors, employers); at least one of the references must be from a doctorally prepared nurse
  13. A personal interview


Deadlines

Entry Date

Application Deadline

Notes

Fall 2015 January 16, 2015
March 6, 2015
January 16, 2015
Early admission
Based on space availability
International applicant deadline


Funding

Scholarships & Financial Aid  

The UAB School of Nursing has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.


Tuition & Fees  

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.

Tuition and Presidential Fees School of Nursing

Cost  ($)

Graduate SON (in-state, each semester hour) 476
Graduate SON (out-of-state, each semester hour) 1118
University Tuition (per semester) 215
Total cost for Tuition = University Tuition + (Undergraduate or Graduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester)
   

Fees - School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Undergraduate and Graduate—Online fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 601 QL ) 250
For all courses designated with a 'L' in the course number, e.g. NUR 355L, a lab and assessment fee will apply. The fees are listed below.)
Lab Fee (per clinical course) 50
Assessment Fee (per clinical course) 150
Campus Dining Fee (undergraduate only) (flat fee per semester—excluding the summer term—for students taking 12 or more hours) 225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39
   

Special Fees Paid (When Applicable)

Cost ($)

Graduation Fee 50
   

Expenses (Estimated)

Cost ($)

Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 300
Books and supplies (per term) 500
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 200
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,700
   
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.

 


Outcomes

PhD Program Outcomes  
  • Examine models, concepts and theories for their application in expanding the body of nursing and health-care knowledge.
  • Contribute to nursing science and health care through research that is disseminated in professional publications and presentations to the scientific communities and health-care consumers.
  • Conduct health-care investigations based upon scientifically sound conceptual and methodological decisions about research designs, measures, and analytic methods.
  • Reflect a consistent commitment to scientific integrity in the design, conduct, and dissemination of research.
  • Initiate and collaborate in interdisciplinary research and scholarly endeavors that contribute to health outcomes in a culturally effective manner.
  • Assume leadership roles in research and scholarship.

 


Contact Us

 

Frank-Jennifer

Doctoral Program Coordinator

Jennifer Frank, PhD

jfranf@uab.edu
205-975-9423

Link to the PhD Program website for information about current students, news & highlights, and more!

 

Contact 

Program Manager

Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed

jlavier@uab.edu
205-975-3115

Contact for general information about
the application process.