PhD

The Ph.D. in Nursing offers both part-time and full-time options, composed of in-person and online learning components. Currently, three years of coursework is delivered online during fall and spring semesters, and summer courses are offered in a seminar-style, face-to-face format. Once students defend a dissertation proposal, they advance to become doctoral candidates. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, which culminates in a written and oral dissertation defense

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to educate nurse scholar-scientists for research-intensive roles. The program prepares graduates who are well prepared to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge; educate the next generation; and assume collaborative leadership roles. These objectives are achieved through upholding the following expectations of WVU School of Nursing scholars:

  1. Rigorously test, generate, and extend knowledge to inform nursing science, practice, and policy.
  2. Contribute to the development of knowledge and interventions to address health disparity and promote or improve health.
  3. Assume collaborative leadership roles in academia, healthcare organizations, research teams, and scholarly networks.
  4. Demonstrate expertise within an area of study that incorporates nursing and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Ph.D. Program of Study and Progression Plan

The Ph.D. program requires students to take at a minimum: nursing core courses, cognate courses, and research courses comprising the 55 credits of post-master’s coursework. The Ph.D. coursework provides content in scholarly processes, nursing science and an area of concentration that supports the student’s chosen area of scholarship. Students and their faculty advisors determine what other coursework and experiences are needed to support their dissertation research.

The schedule of courses can be found in the WVU School of Nursing PhD Progression Plan.

To meet WVU residency requirements, students are required to attend an academic offering for one day in the fall and one day in the spring. In addition, when students initially start the program, they will attend two, three-day in-person sessions on campus in June.

Students must submit one first-authored manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for publication prior to taking the Qualifying Examination and have one first-authored, peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication prior to the dissertation defense.

For more information about degree requirements and course descriptions, refer to the WVU Graduate Catalog.

Program Forms and Resources

Please review the listing of important forms and resources for Ph.D. students.

Program Contact

Current Ph.D. students, please contact:

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Brandy Toothman
West Virginia University
Position
Program Specialist, Office of Student Services
Phone
304-293-4298

For program/curriculum information, please contact:

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Laurie A Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FNAP
West Virginia University
Positions
Professor, Adult Health Department
Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine
Director of PhD Program, Office of Academics
Phone
304-293-1405