Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Nursing Science to Doctor of Nursing Pathway

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)/Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) to Doctor of Nursing Pathway provides PhD and DNSc-prepared nurses with the ability to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice in either a Leadership or Advanced Practice concentration upon review of prior master’s and doctoral coursework. Individual PhD and DNSc transcripts will be reviewed by the DNP Program Chair to identify if prior doctoral coursework is eligible for transfer to the DNP program. A maximum of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) may be accepted for transfer into the DNP program. Admitted students will complete the remaining coursework required for their specialty concentration with an individualized degree plan. DNP project courses are ineligible for transfer credit. Each student will be required to complete a year-long evidence-based DNP project and 1,000 post-baccalaureate experiential engagement hours. Nationally board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be awarded 500 hours of credit upon admission to the program. Nurse leaders may be awarded credit for practicum/clinical hours completed during graduate coursework.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.