Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


The PhD Program in Nursing is research intensive:

  • Students are matched with and mentored by internationally recognized faculty researchers.
  • Students learn research methodology through hands-on immersion experiences in collaboration with faculty research teams.
  • Full-time enrollment is encouraged.
  • Funding is available to help part-time study.
  • Funding is available for support of both full-time and part-time study.
  • Opportunities for interprofessional education and research experiences.
  • Faculty Research Interest
Intensive
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Admission Requirements

Prospective students must:

  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing or its equivalent (e.g., Master’s Entry to Nursing) from a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete and submit a formal application to the PhD Program to include:
    • Official transcript from every college or university ever attended.
    • 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).
    • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); only those scores completed within the most recent 5 years are accepted.
    • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV/Resume).
    • A written personal statement/essay and/or completed essay questions as directed in the application process.
  • Complete a formal admission interview.

State Regulations Governing Distance Programs

Out-of-state applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs and are planning to conduct UABSON distance education in their home state. Only those students who reside in Alabama or those states where the UAB School of Nursing programs are available will be eligible to receive an offer of admission.

More information is available at the State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2020 Entry Date:
Early Admission Deadline: January 15, 2020
Regular Deadline: March 2, 2020
International Applicant Deadline: January 15, 2020


To Start the Application Process

Click here to apply for admission to the PhD Program.

Click here for detailed application instructions.


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the PhD program, students will be able to:

Develop nursing science:
  1. Mastery of a body of knowledge and the nursing discipline.
  2. Critiquing and integrating difference science perspective and generating new ideas.
  3. Conducting culturally competent, ethical, and original research.
  4. Disseminating research findings to drive policy and nursing practice.
Steward the Discipline:
  1. Disseminate science via publications and presentations.
  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. Participate in the global scholars’ community.
  2. Participate in team science.
  3. Provide mentorship and education to others.

Sample Full-Time Program of Study**

Full time students are required to be registered for a minimum of 9 hours each semester.

Year 1
Fall NUR 751Q Philosophical Foundations of Science 3
NUR 753Q Nursing as a Scientific Discipline 2
NRM 752Q Responsible Conduct of Research 3
NST 778Q Data Management 2
Spring NRM 750Q Foundations of Quantitative Research 3
NUR 755Q Critical Analyses of Theories, Models and Frameworks 3
NUR 759Q Writing a Career Development Grant Proposal 1
NST 758Q Inferential Statistics I 3
Summer NRM 798QL Research Immersion 3-6
NRM 780Q Application of Research Design Principles I 3
NUR 760Q Scientific Dissemination 1
Elective Substantive Core 3
Qualifying Exam
Credit Hours 30-33


Year 2
Fall NRM 781Q Quantitative Measurement 3
NST 779Q Statistical Modeling I – Linear Models 3
NRM 783Q Foundations of Qualitative Research 3
Spring NRM 782Q Application of Research Design Principles II 3
NUR 758Q Research & Health Policy 3
Elective Substantive Core 3
Summer NRM 798QL Research Immersion 3-6
NST 780Q Statistical Modelling II – Topics in Multivariate Analysis 3
NUR 797Q Writing the Dissertation 3
Credit Hours 27-30


Year 3+
Fall Independent Study with Mentor Comprehensive Exam 9
Dissertation Proposal & Defense
IRB Application
Spring NUR 799Q Dissertation Research 9
Summer NUR 799Q Dissertation Research 9
Credit Hours   27  
*Minimum of 87 credit hours required

* All students are required to attend an annual Summer Intensive.

** The Program of Study is subject to change.

Sample Part-Time Program of Study

Part-time students must be registered for at least six hours each semester.

Year 1
Fall NUR 751Q Philosophical Foundations of Science 3
NUR 753Q Nursing as a Scientific Discipline 2
Elective or Independent Study – consider NTC 650 or NTC 658 1-3
Spring NRM 750Q Foundations of Quantitative Research 3
NRM 755Q Critical Analyses of Theories, Models and Frameworks 3
Summer NRM 798QL Research Immersion 3-6
NRM 780Q Application of Research Design Principles I 3
Credit Hours 18-23


Year 2
Fall NUR 752Q Responsible Conduct of Research 3
NUR 778Q Data Management 2
 Elective Substantive Core 1-3
Spring NUR 759Q Writing a Career Development Grant Proposal 1
NUR 758Q  Inferential Statistics I 3
Summer NRM 798QL Research Immersion 3-6
NRM 760Q Scientific Dissemination 1
Qualifying Exam
Credit Hours 16-19


Year 3
Fall NRM 781Q Quantitative Measurement 3
NST 779Q Statistical Modeling I – Linear Models 3
Spring NRM 782Q Application of Research Design Principles I 3
NUR 758Q  Research & Health Policy 3
Summer NRM 783Q Foundations of Qualitative Research 3
NST 780Q Statistical Modelling II – Topics in Multivariate Analysis 3
Credit Hours 18


Year 4
Fall NUR 797Q Writing the Dissertation 3
Elective Substantive Core 3
Spring Independent Study with Mentor Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation proposal & defense
IRB application
9
Summer Elective Substantive Core 3
NUR 799Q Dissertation Research 3
Credit Hours 21


Year 5
Fall NUR 799Q Dissertation Research 9
Credit Hours 9
*Minimum of 90 credit hours required

* All students are required to attend an annual Summer Intensive.

** The Program of Study is subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

  • The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2019-2020 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 Web site (Tuition and Fees).
  • 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 2019-2020
Resident
Charge ($)
Non-resident
Charge ($)
PhD coursework (in classroom per semester hour)5721,363
PhD coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)656656
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)225
Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per month) 1200
1 May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage.

Funding Your Education

  • Scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships are available for full-time PhD students. Every effort is made to assist full-time students to secure funding to cover tuition and fees and provide a stipend for living expenses.
  • Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Funds are available to all PhD 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 Ms. Laura Chafin (chafinl@uab.edu), Office of Academic Affairs for more information.
  • Students are also encouraged and supported in applying for external funding available to support pre-doctoral education and dissertation research through various sources such as the National Institutes of Health, foundations, societies, and professional organizations.
  • Students will be informed of specific funding options available to them upon admission to the PhD program.

For More Information, Contact:

Photo: Jacqueline Lavier
Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed.
PhD Program Manager
Office of Student Success

jlavier@uab.edu

(205) 975-7529



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

The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the PhD Program.

 PhD
F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableX
College DegreeX – BSN equivalent or higher
Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedX
English ProficiencyX
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)X
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. 
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

The School of Nursing PhD Program works closely with INTO UAB to provide international applicants with admissions support, academic preparation, English language training, and other supportive services designed to facilitate student success.

All applicants must meet the PhD Program Admission Requirements. The following are additional requirements for International applicants.

Application Requirements

  • Prospective students must have a bachelors degree in nursing equivalent to that offered by a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • Foreign transcripts must be submitted to UAB International Admissions for evaluation of educational credentials.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Applicants must complete and submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to completion of their first semester in the PhD program. If the GRE was completed prior to application, the applicant may submit scores completed within the previous 5 years.
  • Completion of a formal admission interview.
  • Meet English language requirements. Scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) must be submitted, and are used by to determine placement of students into pathways with English language coursework designed to support the student’s success in the PhD Program. Based on scores on Tests of English Language, students who meet all other admission requirements will be placed in one of the following pathways:
    • Requirements for Direct Admission:
      • 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.
    • Requirements for 1-Semester Pathway:
      • TOEFL iBT 80 and minimum of 18 in each of the 4 test sections, or
      • IELTS 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sections.
    • Requirements for 2-Semester Pathway:
      • TOEFL iBT 70 and minimum of 16 in each of the 4 test sections, or
      • IELTS 6.0 and minimum of 5.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sessions.

For Assistance with the Application Process:

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Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed.
PhD Program Manager
Office of Student Success

jlavier@uab.edu

(205) 975-3115



Applications of Mixed Methods Research Certificate

The Applications of Mixed Methods Research Certificate is designed to equip students with applied knowledge and skills necessary to plan, conduct, and evaluate mixed methods research within the context of a research topic of interest. The certificate may be completed post-doctorally as a non-degree student, or the certificate may be completed by students enrolled in the PhD program in nursing.

To achieve the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework that includes: 1) the three required mixed methods courses; and 2) two elective courses.

The Certificate is awarded through the School of Health Professions.

Mixed Methods Certificate Courses and Offerings

CourseCredit HoursSemester Offered
FallSpringSummer
AH/NRM 777 Mixed Methods Research I: Introduction to the Field (R)3X  
AH/NRM 778 Mixed Methods Research II: Designing/Conducting a Mixed Methods Study (R)3 X 
AH/NRM 779 Mixed Methods Applications in Community-Based Action Research (R)3  X
AH/NRM 785 Qualitative Research; Analysis and Interpretation (E)3 X 
NRM 783 Foundations of Qualitative Research (E)3X  
AH 783 Writing Effective Mixed Methods Grant Proposals* (E)3  X
(E) Elective Course. Students must take two of the three elective courses for the certificate.
(R) Required Course. Students must complete all three required courses for the certificate.

For More Information, Contact:

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Nataliya Ivankova, PhD
Mixed Methods Research  
Certificate Coordinator

nivankov@uab.edu

(205) 996-2422