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Dual DNP-PhD

Located in a top academic health center, UAB prepares nurse leaders to reach the highest level of clinical practice and research scholarship. Students are matched with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who mentor them through academic work, aligning their DNP project and dissertation research with their clinical, leadership, and research skills to transform and advance health care.

Students participate in a dynamic distance accessible format that combines online and face-to-face didactic coursework with clinical practicum experiences. In addition, students are required to attend annual on-campus DNP and PhD intensives and an on-campus orientation. This pathway provides access to apply for tuition assistance and other funding opportunities.

For additional information, see our Research Areas & Faculty Research and Current PhD Students Research Areas

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Program Information

  • Admission Requirements

    Prospective students must:

    • Have a master's degree in an area of advanced nursing practice (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nursing administration, or nursing informatics) from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to that offered in the UAB School of Nursing.
    • Licensure as a registered nurse and advanced specialty certification or eligible to sit for advanced certification and pass their specific certification exam prior to the end of their first semester. Admission is conditional until advanced certification is achieved.
    • Have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 overall (based on a 4.0 scale).
    • Applicants should submit an official transcript from every college or university they attended (even if for only one semester). Transcripts may be emailed electronically by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School at gradschool@uab.edu or mailed to:
      • UAB Graduate School
        LHL G03
        1720 2nd Ave. S.
        Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
    • Three (3) letters of professional recommendations, and may include previous faculty (recommended within past 3 years), healthcare supervisor or manager, and/or health care professionals (excluding peers or family members).
    • CV / Resume
    • A written personal statement/essay and/or completed essay questions as directed in the application process.
    • Complete a formal admission interview.
  • Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

    Entry Date: Fall 2024
    Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Program Outcomes

    Upon completion of the Post-MSN to DNP-PhD Pathway, students will be able to:

    Translate evidence into practice:
    1. Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
    2. Evaluate policy, healthcare delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
    3. Incorporate current and emerging health technologies to improve healthcare delivery and organizational systems.
    4. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in healthcare.
    5. Demonstrate intra- and inter-professional collaboration to address health disparities and improve healthcare quality across diverse populations and cultures.
    6. Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and healthcare delivery at the organizational and systems level and improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.
    Develop nursing science:
    1. Master a focused body of knowledge and the nursing discipline.
    2. Critique and integrate different scientific perspectives and generate new ideas.
    3. Conduct culturally competent, ethical, and original research.
    Steward the discipline:
    1. Disseminate science via publications and presentations to drive policy and nursing practice.
    2. Weave theoretical/scientific underpinnings into all efforts to integrate research, teaching, and service.
    3. Practice knowledge and culture of nursing.
    Educate the next generation:
    1. Lead and contribute to the global nursing scholars community.
    2. Lead and participate in team science.
    3. Provide mentorship and education to other nursing and health-related scholars.
  • Program of Study
    Year 1 - Semester 1 - Fall
    PhDDNPTotal
    Semester
    Credits
    NumberTitleCHNumberTitleCH
    NUR 751QPhilosophical Foundations of Science3NUR 737QInterprofessional Leadership and Role Decelopment for Practice Execellence311
    NUR 753QNursing as a Scientific Discipline2NUR 735QPopulation Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    Year 1 - Semester 2 - Spring
    NRM 750QFoundation of Quantitative Research3NUR 740QHealth Policy and Politics: Implications in Health Care312
    NRM 755QCritical Analyses of Theories, Models and Frameworks3NUR 729QEvidence Based Practice Design and Translation3
    Year 1 - Semester 3 - Summer
    NRM 798QResearch Immersion3NUR 742QProgram Evaluation Methods312
    NRM 780QApplication of Research Design Principles I3NUR 733QInformatics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
    Year 2 - Semester 4 - Fall
    NRM 752QResponsible Conduct of Research3NUR 743QEvidence Based Practice Strategies311
    NUR 778QData Management2NQI 702QClinical Data Management and application for Improvement3
    Year 2 - Semester 5 - Spring
    NUR 759QWriting a Career Development Grant Proposal1NUR 738QDNP Project Planning39
    NST 758QInferential Statistics I3NUR 739QDNP Project Implementation and Evaluation2
    Year 2 - Semester 6 - Summer
    NRM 798QResearch Immersion3NUR 739QDNP Project Implementation and Evaluation59
    NRM 760QScientific Dissemination1   
    Year 3 - Semester 7 - Fall
    NRM 781QQuantitative Measurement3   9
    NST 779QStatistical Modeling I - Linear Models3   
    ElectiveSubstantive Core3   
    Year 3 - Semester 8 - Spring
    NRM 782QApplication of Research Design Principles II3   9
    NUR 758QResearch and Health Policy3   
    ElectiveSubstantive Core3   
    Year 3 - Semester 9 - Summer
    NRM 783QFoundations of Qualitative Research3   9
    NST 780QStatistical Modeling II - Topics in Multivariate Research3   
    NUR 797QWriting the Dissertation (Independent Study)3   
    Year 4 - Semester 10 - Fall
    NUR 791Independent Study (Complete Comprehensive Exam, Dissertation Proposal Defense, IRB Approval, if needed)9   9
    Year 4 - Semester 11 - Spring
    NUR 799Dissertation Research9   9
    Year 4 - Semester 12 - Summer
    NUR 799Dissertation Research (if needed)9   9
    Dissertation Defense
    DNP Credit Hours (CH)34
    PhD Credit Hours (CH)84
    Total Credit Hours (CH)118
    Year 1 - Semester 1 - Fall
    Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hour
    PhD
    NUR 751QPhilosophical Foundations of Science3
    NUR 753QNursing as a Scientific Discipline2
    DNP
    NUR 737QInterprofessional Leadership and Role Decelopment for Practice Execellence3
    NUR 735QPopulation Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    Total11
    Year 1 - Semester 2 - Spring
    PhD
    NRM 750QFoundation of Quantitative Research3
    NRM 755QCritical Analyses of Theories, Models and Frameworks3
    DNP
    NUR 740QHealth Policy and Politics: Implications in Health Care3
    NUR 729QEvidence Based Practice Design and Translation3
    Total12
    Year 1 - Semester 3 - Summer
    PhD
    NRM 798QResearch Immersion3
    NRM 780QApplication of Research Design Principles I3
    DNP
    NUR 733QInformatics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 742QProgram Evaluation Methods3
    Total12
    Year 2 - Semester 4 - Fall
    PhD
    NRM 752QResponsible Conduct of Research3
    NUR 778QData Management2
    DNP
    NUR 743QEvidence Based Practice Strategies3
    NQI 702QClinical Data Management and application for Improvement3
    Total11
    Year 2 - Semester 5 - Spring
    PhD
    NUR 759QWriting a Career Development Grant Proposal1
    NST 758QInferential Statistics I3
    DNP
    NUR 738QDNP Project Planning3
    NUR 739QDNP Project Implementation and Evaluation2
    Total9
    Year 2 - Semester 6 - Summer
    PhD
    NRM 798QResearch Immersion3
    NRM 760QScientific Dissemination1
    DNP
    NUR 739QDNP Project Implementation and Evaluation5
    Total9
    Year 3 - Semester 7 - Fall
    PhD
    NRM 781QQuantitative Measurement3
    NST 779QStatistical Modeling I - Linear Models3
    ElectiveSubstantive Core3
    Total9
    Year 3 - Semester 8 - Spring
    PhD
    NRM 782QApplication of Research Design Principles II3
    NUR 758QResearch and Health Policy3
    ElectiveSubstantive Core3
    Total9
    Year 3 - Semester 9 - Summer
    PhD
    NRM 783QFoundations of Qualitative Research3
    NST 780QStatistical Modeling II - Topics in Multivariate Research3
    NUR 797QWriting the Dissertation (Independent Study)3
    Total9
    Year 4 - Semester 10 - Fall
    PhD
    NUR 791Independent Study (Complete Comprehensive Exam, Dissertation Proposal Defense, IRB Approval, if needed)9
    Total9
    Year 4 - Semester 11 - Spring
    PhD
    NUR 799Dissertation Research9
    Total9
    Year 4 - Semester 12 - Summer
    PhD
    NUR 799Dissertation Research (if needed)9
    Total9
    Dissertation Defense
    DNP Credit Hours (CH)34
    PhD Credit Hours (CH)84
    Total Credit Hours (CH)118
  • Tuition and Fees

    The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2023-2024 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or University.

    The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis website.

    Each student's costs will vary depending upon a number of factors including state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, or whether the student attends class live or through a distance-accessible format. Fees vary by program and course.

    Tuition and Fees
    UAB School of Nursing 2023-2024
    Resident
    Charge ($)
    Non-resident
    Charge ($)
    International
    Charge ($)
    DNP-PhD Coursework (in classroom per semester hour)5951,4611,541
    DNP-PhD Coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)682682762
    Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
    Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)235
    Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
    Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
    Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (estimate per month)270
    Background Check (annual estimate)92
    1Estimate based on one student. May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage.
  • Funding Your Education

    UAB Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Information on Financial Aid, University Scholarships and other funding opportunities is available at:

    UAB School of Nursing Scholarships

    • The School of Nursing at UAB has an excellent scholarship program that provides financial support to Alabama's best and brightest nursing students.
    • Currently, the School's scholarship portfolio consists of 76 endowed scholarships and 3 active sponsored scholarships.
    • The school currently has an $10.1 million endowed fund that supports nursing scholarships annually.
    • Scholarships are awarded twice a year - spring and fall semesters. The scholarship application process is simple. One application is needed to be considered for all undergraduate or graduate scholarships.
    • Application and additional information can be found on the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.

    For Information about School of Nursing Scholarships, Contact:

    Photo of Stephanie Hamberger
    Stephanie Hamberger, MPA
    Director, Student Engagement, Recruitment and Scholarships
    205.934.5483

    Fellowship, Traineeship, and Loan Programs

    There are a limited number of Graduate Fellowships and Traineeships awarded through the UAB School of Nursing that require students to meet specific requirements and are only awarded when funds are available. When such funds are available in a particular program, students enrolled in the program will be notified and provided information on how to apply.
    Contact Katrina Staffney (email: KatrinaStaffney@uab.edu), for more information.

    Nurse Faculty Loan

    Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Funds are available to all doctoral students who intend to assume a faculty position in a school of nursing upon completion of the degree. These funds are limited to payment of tuition and fees and other reasonable educational expenses. Contact JoeAnn Kennedy (email: joeann@uab.edu), for more information.

    NIOSH Training Grant

    Work-related injuries have a significant cost to employers and to public health. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) training grants support UAB School of Nursing PhD students as they prepare for a career in teaching, research, consulting or administration by completing theory, research, and occupational health courses and dissertation research on an occupational health topic. The grant provides tuition, fees, and stipend support for full-time on-campus PhD studies for students holding U.S. citizenship or permanent visas. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing is part of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, which offers students rigorous studies to prepare interprofessional occupational health and safety leaders in planning and implementing occupational health and safety programs.

    For more information, contact:
    JoeAnn Kennedy  |  Program Administrator
    joeann@uab.edu  |  (205) 996-5213
  • Information for International Students

    NOTE: Prospective International students must first contact UAB International Admissions to determine eligibility to study in the U.S. and/or submit an application for admission to UAB.

    UAB International Admissions
    Email: IntlAdmin@uab.edu
    Phone: 205.934.4686
    Fax: 205.934.8664

    The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the Dual DNP-PhD Pathway.

     Dual DNP-PhD Pathway
    F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableNot eligible for this program
    College Degree (MSN Equivalent or higher)Required
    Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedRequired
    English ProficiencyRequired
    Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S.Required

    Application Requirements

    • Have a master’s degree in an area of advanced nursing practice (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nursing administration, or nursing informatics) from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to that offered in the UAB School of Nursing.
    • Hold license as a registered nurse and advanced practice specialty certification or eligible to sit for advanced certification and pass their specific certification exam prior to completing 12 credit hours of coursework. Admission is conditional until advanced certification is achieved.
    • International applicants must, as part of their application, provide a detailed course by course evaluation of their academic transcripts and verification of their academic credentials. Students may use one of the following firms for transcript evaluation; a report of the evaluation must be submitted directly to the UAB School of Nursing prior to admission decisions.
      • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
        P.O. Box 514070
        Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
        Website: www.ece.org
      • World Education Services
        Bowling Green Station
        P.O. Box 5087
        New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
        Website: www.wes.org
    • Applicants must have a minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
    • Completion of a formal admission interview.
    • Meet English language requirements. Students must submit scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) and achieve the following minimum scores.
      • TOEFL iBT 90 and minimum of 20 in each of the 4 test sections, or
      • IELTS 7.0 and minimum of 7.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sections.

Contact

Jacqueline Lavier

Jacqueline Lavier

M.Ed

Dual DNP-PhD Pathway Manager
Office of Student Success

205.975.7529

Edwin Aroke

Edwin Aroke

PhD, CRNA, FAAN, FAANA

Dual DNP-PhD Pathway Director

205.975.5700