Ph.D in Nursing

Ph.D. in Nursing

Program Objectives

The Ph.D. in Nursing program is designed to prepare researchers and leaders to develop the knowledge base of nursing. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates who demonstrate excellence in providing leadership to generate, integrate, and implement new disciplinary knowledge aimed at improving nursing, health, and health care.

The primary objectives of the Ph.D. in Nursing program are:

  • To provide a rigorous, high-quality doctoral-level graduate program in nursing that builds on UBC Okanagan’s highly successful M.S.N. program.
  • To enable students to actively participate in the development of nursing knowledge, adding to the evidence base to enhance nursing and health.
  • To prepare outstanding nurse leaders to have expanded spheres of influence to enhance health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through leadership roles in academic institutions, practice settings, and policy arenas.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the program are admitted on the basis of outstanding achievement in their master's program; evidence of potential for research and scholarship; an ability to be self-directed; and articulated goals in keeping with the resources available in the program, including available faculty support and programs of research. The number of qualified applicants that can be accepted in any given year is determined by faculty resources and other factors. Applicants must at minimum meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies. Canadian students must hold practicing nurse registration in BC or another Canadian province. International students must meet general eligibility criteria for nurse registration in BC.

Transfer from the M.S.N. to the Ph.D. in Nursing program is permitted under regulations set by the College of Graduate Studies.

Scholarship Opportunities

A variety of scholarships are available for students pursing the PhD in Nursing program. For a listing of opportunities please visit PhD Scholarship Opportunities.

Admisson

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for graduate studies. Applicants must also satisfy the eligibility requirement to be considered for admission. Meeting the minimum requirements will not ensure admission.

Admission Requirements

  • A Masters of Nursing or a graduate degree in a health-related discipline from an approved institution with clear evidence of research ability and potential.
  • Students entering directly from a bachelor’s degree must, during the first two years of study, complete a total of 12 credits with a first-class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing, to maintain registration as a doctoral student.
  • Students who enter into the PhD in Nursing program after partial completion of a master’s degree must, during the first two years of study, complete a total of 12 credits (at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing) to maintain registration as a doctoral student. Also, students must demonstrate clear evidence of research ability and potential. Transfer into the doctoral program from a Master’s program is normally done after completion of the first year of study and will not be permitted after completion of the second year.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall ‘A’ average and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program on recommendation of the School of Nursing graduate program coordinator and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Canadian students must hold practicing nursing registration in BC or another Canadian province.
  • International students must meet general eligibility criteria for nurse registration in BC.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Nursing requires completion of:

  • NRSG580 (3) Philosophy of Evidence in Nursing
  • NRSG581 (3) Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
  • NRSG554 (3) Advanced Research Methods
  • NRSG601 (3) Doctoral Seminar
  • NRSG 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

Students are also encouraged to seek suitable electives with guidance from their supervisor.

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination within 24 months of their enrolment in the Ph.D. program. After completing required coursework (plus any recommended electives as agreed upon by the student and the supervisor), students prepare an annotated bibliography. This serves as the foundation for the comprehensive exam, which comprises two essays in the form of a take home exam and an oral defence.

Students must complete their candidacy exam within the first 36 months in the doctoral program. After completing the comprehensive exam, students establish their supervisory committee and proceed to develop their proposal. The written proposal is approved by the committee, and is followed by an oral defence.

The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation (NRSG699), meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements.

Page last updated: May 23, 2019

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