What is the DNP to PhD Pathway option?
This is an accelerated pathway to the PhD degree for those students who already have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Will my work in the DNP program count toward the PhD degree?
Twenty-seven credits from the DNP program will fulfill the requirements of the PhD program. These credits will fulfill some of the PhD nursing requirements.
How many more credits will I need to take beyond the DNP?
A minimum of 33 credits of doctoral coursework taken at IUP is required.
What types of courses will I take beyond the DNP?
Students in DNP to PhD pathway will take 15 credits of research core courses, six credits of nursing core courses that focus on education topics, and 12 credit of dissertation. These courses should build upon knowledge obtained in the DNP work.
Why should I continue my education?
Some schools require the PhD degree for hiring into tenure track and/or permanent faculty positions. Additionally, DNP graduates may not have the needed research skills that will facilitate success in tenure track faculty positions.
When are classes offered?
Students enrolled in the DNP to PhD pathway will join students enrolled in the traditional PhD program who are also taking doctoral courses. All students will take classes together.
How many courses do I take each semester in the DNP to PhD pathway?
For the most part, DNP to PhD students will take one course each semester throughout the year (including summer term). Please see the course progression plan.
I really liked the topic of my capstone project in the DNP program. Can I continue with my work in this area for my PhD research?
You may be able to use your DNP work to lead into your PhD research. Remember, the focus of the IUP PhD program is nursing education, so you will want to make sure your research areas align with the program focus. We certainly encourage students, when possible, to build upon their existing work.
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
Students applying to the DNP to PhD pathway are not required to take the GRE. You may be asked to submit an example of your writing, but a GRE is not required.
How many DNP applicants are selected for admission?
We only expect to admit a small number of students to the DNP to PhD pathway for each cohort.
Where will the DNP to PhD pathway be offered?
The DNP to PhD pathway courses can be taken at any campus location that is offering doctoral nursing courses. Currently, we anticipate DNP to PhD pathway courses will be available in Indiana and occasionally at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. The next DNP to PhD cohort will begin in Indiana in summer 2018.
How often will I attend classes on campus?
The DNP to PhD program consists of one course each semester, starting in summer 2018. Students will take one course during each semester. In-person classes will be held on two weekends each semester. Class will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Who should I contact if I have other questions or need more information?
Feel free to contact the nursing faculty and doctoral program coordinator, Teresa Shellenbarger, via e-mail at Tshell@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2559 if you have additional questions or need more information.