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PhD in Nursing: Prospective Students


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Admission Requirements

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Career Opportunities

The need for doctorally prepared nurse educators is critical at this time as schools of nursing are turning away promising future nurses because of insufficient numbers of qualified nursing faculty. Job opportunities exist in all regions of the country. In Pennsylvania, nursing salaries are competitive in state funded and private institutions. Entry level instructors earn approximately $40,000 for ten months of teaching. Full professors can expect to earn in excess of $100,000 for ten months. Salaries are dictated by rank, experience, and educational qualifications. The nursing faculty shortage is expected to continue since there are insufficient numbers of qualified faculty to meet the demands. Projections for faculty employment for the future remains high.

Welcome and Thank You for Your Interest

Thank you for your interest in IUP’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program! The PhD in Nursing is designed to develop nurse scholars who are experts in nursing pedagogy and are prepared to conduct advanced research. Graduates will synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as they assume leadership roles in diverse educational environments. The sixty-credit program, designed for nurses interested in pursuing a career in academia with a research focus on nursing education, provides students with nursing core courses, research courses, and supportive courses. Upon completion of the PhD in Nursing program, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Assume leadership in diverse educational environments.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to facilitate learning and foster development of students and educators.
  • Conduct advanced nursing research that contributes to the generation of knowledge within nursing education.
  • Model the role of nursing scholar and effective nurse educator.

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To Learn More...

To learn more about IUP, the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program, and a career as a nurse educator, contact the Doctor in Philosophy nursing coordinator for an appointment or to discuss program details:

Dr. Susan Poorman
216 Johnson Hall

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Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the PhD program in Nursing must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. International students are required to comply with the admission criteria as outlined in the graduate catalog.

All applicants must also submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

  • Recent GRE Scores (including analytical writing)
  • Official Higher Education Transcripts
  • Nursing License
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample (Goal Statement)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Interview

Refer to the nursing doctoral student applications packet for additional information about the admission process.

All items in the applicant’s application package will be evaluated by the doctoral program committee to provide a composite score for ranking of applicants to determine acceptance into the program.

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  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
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