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Admission Requirements - DNP to PhD Bridge Program

All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to these general requirements, the College of Nursing requires the following for admission to the DNP to PhD Bridge Program:

  • Evidence of graduation from a DNP program offered by a regionally-accredited university with national certification in nursing preferred
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since high school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A letter discussing research interest area and professional goals.
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in the U.S.A. (Nursing credentials of international students will be assessed individually)
  • A curriculum vita or resume
  • Successful completion of a statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • GRE or MAT scores

In order to be considered for admission, please use the following application deadlines. These are the deadlines for all materials to be submitted including the application, all transcripts, reference letters, CV, and letter discussing research interest area and professional goals.

  • Fall Admission: Submit online application and all required supporting materials no later than May 1
  • Spring Admission: Submit online application and all required supporting materials no later than September 15 (Houston only; Not applicable to Online PhD in Denton)
  • Summer Admission: Submit online application and all required supporting materials no later than March 1 (Houston only; Not applicable to Online PhD in Denton)

Admission to the nursing doctoral degree program may be awarded on an unconditional or provisional basis. The criteria for unconditional admission are:

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 in the DNP program  -and-
  • A preferred score of 460 on the Verbal and 500 on the quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  -or-
  • Score in the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Applicants who do not meet the unconditional criteria, but who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on prior graduate level course work may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that will be considered in the admission decision are GPA on graduate level course work, GRE verbal and quantitative scores or MAT score, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

Requirements

3.5-year part-time program for individuals who already have a DNP

All other courses and sequence will be accommodated by the existing PhD program.

Total Hours Required: 35 credit hours beyond the DNP, including 6 hours for dissertation plus 12 hours of research tools.  The degree plan must reflect that half of all graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate degree were taken from TWU.

  • Program-specific course requirement: NURS 6124 Role Differentiation: Practice to Research  4 credit hours
  • PhD Core courses (NURS 6004, NURS 6014, NURS 6024, NURS 6034, and NURS 6053): 19 credit hours
  • Women's Health Elective: 3 credit hours
  • Education Elective: 3 credit hours
  • Research Tools: Same requirements as the PhD students (credit would be given for research tools if taken in the DNP program at TWU).  Credit hours for research tools do not count toward the total hours required for the degree. 

Special Requirements

  • Grade of B or better is required in all nursing courses. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) in two nursing courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) twice in the same graduate level nursing course will be removed from the nursing program. For the purpose of removal from the nursing program, a grade of less than B is counted as a grade of less than B even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  • Students admitted to the doctoral program provisionally must complete the first 12 hours of coursework with a grade of B or better in each course; at least 6 hours must be in graduate-level nursing courses. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of C or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.

Preliminary Examination: Written preliminary examination covering the content areas of NURS 6053 Exploring Nursing Scholarship, NURS 6124 Role Differentation: Practice to Research, and NURS 6004.  May be repeated one time only. 

Final Examination: Oral, over the completed dissertation. 

Curriculum and Sequence of Courses for Houston (Hybrid face-to-face/online)

SUMMER 1st Year (6 credits):

  • NURS 6053. Exploring Scholarship
  • Research Tool or a women’s health or education elective

FALL 1st Year (7 credits): 

  • NURS 6124 Role Differentiation: Practice to Research
  • NURS 6613. Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing
  • Statistics Research Tool I – or other equivalent course

 SPRING 1st Year (7 credits):

  • NURS 6004. Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research
  • NURS 6623. Systematic Inquiry in Nursing
  • Statistics Research Tool II – or other equivalent course

 SUMMER 2nd Year (3-6 credits): 

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Research Tool or a women’s health or education elective

FALL 2nd Year (4-7 credits):

  • NURS 6024. Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research
  • Women’s health or education elective, as needed

SPRING 2nd Year (4-7 credits):

  • NURS 6014. Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research
  • Women’s health or education elective, as needed

SUMMER 3rd Year (3 credits):

  • IRB Application for the Pilot Study
  • Women’s health or education elective, as needed

FALL 3rd Year (4-7 credits):

  • NURS 6034. Research/Theory Synthesis
  • Women’s health or education elective, as needed

SPRING 3rd Year (3 credits):

  • NURS 6983. Dissertation I

SUMMER and FALL 4th Year (3 credits each):

  • NURS 6993. Dissertation II – continue to enroll as needed

Curriculum and Sequence of Courses for Denton (100% Online PhD program) 

FALL 1st Year (7 credits):

  • NURS 6124 Role Differentiation: Practice to Research
  • NURS 6613. Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing or MATH 5573
  • Statistics Research Tool I – or other equivalent course

SPRING 1st Year (6 credits):

  • NURS 6623. Systematic Inquiry in Nursing or MATH 5583
  • Statistics Research Tool II – or other equivalent course
  • Second Research Tool I

SUMMER 1st Year (6 credits):

  • NURS 6053. Exploring Scholarship
  • Second Research Tool II

FALL 2nd Year (7 credits):

  • NURS 6004. Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Women’s health or education elective

SPRING 2nd Year (7 credits):

  • NURS 6014. Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research
  • Women’s health or education elective

SUMMER 2nd Year (3 credits):

  • NURS 6024. Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research

FALL 3rd Year (4-7 credits):

  • NURS 6034. Research/Theory Synthesis

SPRING 3rd Year (1 credit):

  • NURS 6911. Candidacy

SUMMER 3rd Year (3 credits): 

  • NURS 6983. Dissertation I

FALL 4th Year (3 credits):

  • NURS 6993. Dissertation II – continue to enroll as needed  

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

NURS 6053. Exploring Scholarship.

Introductory course will prepare the doctoral student to examine scholarship in detail and identify mechanisms to enhance own scholarship. Three seminar hours a week.

Credit: Three hours.

NURS 6124. Role Differentiation: Practice to Research

Comprehensive overview and differentiation of roles and opportunities for nurses involved in practice and research.  Consideration of varied factors impacting the two roles including multiculturalism, ethics, philosophy, and policy.  Four seminar hours a week.

Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6004. Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research.  

Critical analysis of theory and study of qualitative and quantitative methods. Emphasis on inductive and deductive logic involved in knowledge development and testing. Examines limitations posed by quantitative and qualitative methods. Prior statistical and philosophical content is applied in examining current problems of concern to nurses. Independent literature reviews and utilization of basic research theory provide opportunities to pose questions for future research. Prerequisites: Completion of statistics research tool, NURS 6023; Co-requisite: NURS 6053. Four lecture/seminar hours a week.

Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6014. Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research.

Application of quantitative theories and methods through proposal development and participation in ongoing research to address substantive health problems. Prerequisite: NURS 6004 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours and three practicum hours a week.  

Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6024. Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research.

Explores methods of qualitative research including the choice of design and methods to address substantive human health problems. Examines qualitative data analysis techniques, including the use of software programs. Practicum provides opportunity to collect data for analysis and prepare a report. Prerequisites: NURS 6004 or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours and three practicum hours a week.

Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6034. Research/Theory Synthesis.

Synthesizes theory development knowledge with strategies for testing theoretical statements pertaining to the student’s selected research. Students will develop a formal proposal and conduct a pilot study. Students will present work for critique and engage in scholarly critique of peer’s work. Prerequisites: NURS 6014, NURS 6024. One lecture hour and nine practicum hours a week.

Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6613. Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing.

Quantification and interpretation of clinical nursing phenomena with emphasis on analysis of relational statements and propositions in theories and conceptual frameworks. Equivalent of three lecture hours a week.

Credit: Three hours. (counts as first statistics research tool)

NURS 6623. Systematic Inquiry in Nursing.

Analysis of clinical nursing phenomena with emphasis on advanced quantification and interpretation of clinical data in analysis of models and theoretical statements in nursing. Equivalent of three lecture hours a week.

Credit: Three hours.  (counts as second statistics research tool)

Graduate Level Women’s Health Elective

Graduate Level Education Elective

NURS 6983. Dissertation I. Credit: Three hours.

NURS 6993. Dissertation II. Credit: Three hours.

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