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PhD in Nursing

Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the university
  • Official transcripts showing bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and any post-master’s coursework sent directly from the original institution to Oklahoma City University.  Request that transcripts be sent to: 

    Transcript Coordinator, Office of Graduate Admissions 
    Oklahoma City University 
    2501 N. Blackwelder
    Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

  • Demonstrated competency in word processing, basic spreadsheet use, presentation software, and internet skills (an explanation of this competency is included on the application form)
  • Current active Registered Nurse licensure or international equivalent
  • A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, one of which must be in nursing. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing may have a master’s degree in a field related to nursing.
  • 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA for graduate level courses,on a 4.0 scale
  • One of the following:
    1. The Graduate Record of Examination (GRE), subject to minimum score requirements
    2. An approved scholarly paper such as a Master’s Project or Thesis
    3. An approved article/paper published in a refereed journal 
  • One of the following:
    1. TOEFL score of 83 total and 26 on the speaking portion
    2. IELTS score of 7.0 on speaking and 6.5 on other sub-brands
    3. Conditional admission pending completion of English Language Studies (ELS) program 
  • A personally written essay of 500-750 words demonstrating effective writing skills describing how the PhD will help the applicant achieve life and career goals (requested as part of the application form)

Students can count as many as 33 credit hours from their master’s degrees toward the 90 credit hours minimum required for the PhD, whether their master’s degrees are in nursing or in a relevant field, subject to approval by the program Chair.

All are three credit hours, unless specified otherwise. 

Required PhD Courses

Core Courses:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Policy, Organizations, & Leadership Theory
  • Advanced Theory Development
  • Transcultural and Global Health Care
  • Advanced Bioethics

Research and Statistics:

  • Statistical Analysis I
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Statistical Analysis II
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Dissertation (minimum of 9 credit hours)

Cognate (Focus) Area (Nursing Education)

NLN Nurse Educator Certification or the following master’s level course prerequisites (can be taken on-site at OCU or elsewhere):

  • Foundations of Technology & Learning
  • Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
  • Teaching Strategies for Nursing
  • Nursing Education Evaluation Strategies
  • Nursing Education Practicum

PhD Nursing Education Level Courses:

  • Higher Education Issues & Trends
  • Evaluation of Educational Effectiveness
  • Testing and Measurement
  • Technology in Instructional Design
  • Nursing Education Administration