BSN to PhD in Nursing

The BSN to PhD program is designed to prepare the applicant who has completed a BSN in nursing for a nursing career as an educator, researcher, administrator, or clinician. It is not designed to prepare a certified nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. Students entering this program receive a PhD nursing degree; the BSN student completing the PhD degree in nursing does not earn a master’s degree. Students wishing to earn a master’s degree must first enter the master’s program and complete those requirements before applying to the PhD program.


For the individual entering with a master’s degree in nursing,  the PhD program program of study will include a minimum of 82-83 credit hours, which includes all the core courses for the doctoral program, 12 hours of electives, and 18 hours of dissertation study. In addition, the BSN-PhD student must select either a Nursing Science or Administration specialty at the master’s level and complete the required credit hours.  Taking the BSN entry pathway into the PhD program will shorten the student’s program of study for the PhD degree by approximately 20 credit hours.

Our program is known for its small classes and individualized attention. Students from across the state enroll in the program. Courses are offered in blended format using face-to-face and Blackboard delivery. Both the MNSc–PhD and BSN–PhD programs consist of required course work, electives, doctoral comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation.

BSN to PhD Admin Program of Study

BSN to PhD Nursing Science Program of Study


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Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Phone: (501) 296-1982

Christina Bricker, PhD, RN, FAHA
Phone: (501) 661-7901

Beth Ann West, Executive Assistant
Phone: (501) 526-7860