A graduate nursing student in IUP's unique Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program

Nursing DNP to PhD at a Glance

  • Location: Online/hybrid
  • Length: 4-5 years
  • Credits: 33
  • Schedule: Flexible, days and weekends
  • Admission: Open enrollment, you can apply at any time for a summer start
  • Coordinator: Dr. Kristy Chunta, kchunta@iup.edu, 724-357-3901 or 724-357-3250

Transition Your DNP to a PhD in Record Time

With the unique Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at IUP, students will easily combine the skills and education gained throughout their DNP program with the knowledge and teaching abilities provided by a PhD degree. As students progress through this accelerated PhD program, they will encounter a shortened curriculum offered in a convenient timeframe that accommodates their professional schedule and academic needs.

Students enrolled in the program will gain knowledge in everything from curriculum evaluation in nursing to conducting various kinds of research necessary for teaching in the university level nursing classroom. With PhD level nursing faculty in high demand nationwide, the DNP to PhD program at IUP prepares you for a career as a professor of nursing in various academic settings, including colleges and universities, and is perfect for nurses that already have a DNP who wish to obtain tenure track faculty positions within a university setting.

What the DNP to PhD Program at IUP Can Offer You:

  • Complete your PhD in half the time. As 27 credits from a DNP degree transfer to this innovative PhD, coursework is completed in a highly accelerated format, requiring only 33 semester hours of graduate credits to complete the DNP to PhD degree as opposed to the 60 hours required of the traditional nursing PhD.

  • Students will build a supportive professional and academic network with other students in a cohort, progressing throughout the coursework as a group.

For more information on the DNP to PhD program at IUP, view the application requirements or the required coursework, or contact the coordinator.