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Program Information - Nursing Ph.D.

Graduate Outcomes of the Nursing PhD Program

The graduate outcomes were developed on the faculty’s belief that nursing education and administration are advanced practice areas with specialized nursing knowledge that build on existing baccalaureate and master’s nursing education. By examining the graduate outcomes of the WCU baccalaureate and MSN programs, the National League for Nursing (NLN) educator core competencies (NLN, 2005), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, 2008, the following graduate outcomes were developed:

The graduate will:

  1. Utilize concepts, knowledge, and skills to create an environment that facilitates classroom and clinical learning in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.
  2. Facilitate students’ development as professional nurses.
  3. Utilize sound principles to develop strategies to assess academic achievement in the classroom and clinical settings and in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.
  4. Design, implement, evaluate, and revise nursing curricula and program outcomes that reflect the academic institution’s mission and goals, reflect current trends and evidence-based practice, and prepare graduates to function as professional nurses.
  5. Function as a change agent in order to promote the profession of nursing.
  6. Develop and articulate a vision for the professional nursing practice within the healthcare delivery system.
  7. Employ sound management, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills to establish collaborative partnerships, resolve conflict, and effectively utilize resources.
  8. Utilize information and communication technology effective in the global environment of nursing and healthcare.
  9. Establish relationships with the community of interest.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in scholarly writing.
  11. Utilize Christian principles as a nurse administrator.

Admission Criteria-Each applicant must submit a completed Nursing PhD application, a non-refundable $30 application fee, official transcripts of all college work completed to date, and three letters of reference to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Additional admission requirements are:

  1. MSN from an accredited school of nursing
  2. GPA of >3.5 on MSN courses
  3. Unencumbered license with no pending legal or state board action
  4. Eligibility to re-enter any previously attended college or university in good standing
  5. Computer literacy involving proficiency in word processing, email correspondence, and the internet
  6. Basic competence in statistics as evidenced by a statistics course within the past 5 years
  7. 1-2 page narrative stating personal goals and personal philosophy of nursing education and administration.

Schedule/Length of Program- The program was developed to allow students to complete the degree in two years taking a full-time load of six to eight hours a term for eight terms, including summers. A part-time option is available but must be completed within 6 years. Nursing courses are offered in a web-enhanced hybrid format with three face-to-face class meetings per term Fridays, late afternoon and evening, and Saturdays.

Cost of Program- Tuition for the program is set for the 2012-2013 academic year at the rate of $390 per credit hour.

For more information contact the School of Nursing at 601.318.6478