Have you been Called to Care - not only for patients but for students, too? Carey’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education Program (DNP to PhD) prepares DNP graduates in faculty roles to seek tenure track positions that require a PhD. The Doctor of Philosophy program is a terminal degree designed to prepare DNP graduates to serve as nurse scholars and nurse educators. Answer the call to care in both the healthcare field and the classroom, and earn a terminal degree that will allow you to share your expertise with tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at William Carey University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Program Overview


This program may be completed part-time in 8 terms (24 months).

Delivery Method

This program utilizes a hybrid format. Most coursework is online, and there are two synchronous online weekend meetings and two in-person weekend meetings per year at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi campus. It is convenient for the full-time working student.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

To be admitted as a regular student, the applicant will:

  • Submit a completed application to William Carey University and the graduate school
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit a scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of personal philosophy of nursing education and goals
  • Submit current curriculum vita
  • Submit three letters of reference: two from individuals who can attest to research and scholarship and one personal reference (The reference form will be emailed to the references entered in the online application.)
  • Submit a completed and notarized criminal background check affidavit
  • Have earned a DNP from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have earned a GPA of > 3.0 on DNP courses
  • Have an active, unencumbered Registered Nurse license with no pending legal or state board action (Unencumbered licensure must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.)
  • Be eligible to re-enter any previously attended college or university in good standing. If previously enrolled in a PhD program, the applicant must provide a letter of good standing from that program.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy involving proficiency in word processing, email correspondence, and the internet
  • Demonstrate competency in scholarly writing prior to taking courses within the program through one of the following options:
    1. Submission of a GRE Analytical Writing Score of ≥ 4.0 within the last five years;
    2. Passing NUR 799 - Academic Writing for Doctoral Students with a grade of B or better; or
    3. Successful review of a writing submission.
    *Email jbarton@wmcarey.edu for the guidelines for using a writing submission.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in statistics as evidenced by successful completion, with a grade of B or better, of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course within the past 10 years or substantial experience in nursing research projects prior to taking NUR 752 - Advanced Research Methodology and NUR 800 – Statistics.

DNP to PhD - Nursing Education Fact Sheet

Career Outlooks

Completion of this program will prepare students for faculty roles in nursing education tenure track positions that require a PhD.

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Your Future Starts Here

Whether you are a first-time student or a working professional seeking to advance your career, William Carey College of Health Sciences has a place for you. We are excited to connect with you and guide you on your way toward joining the next generation of leaders and difference-makers in the global community!


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