How long is the program? The program consists of a two-year pre-candidacy stage, during which students will complete core coursework, identify research mentors, and gain experience in curricular and research endeavors. Each aspect of this pre-candidacy education will facilitate interprofessional education.
Students who have not completed a graduate-level thesis or research project prior to admission to the program will use up to six elective credits to complete a directed study. Following qualifying examinations to advance to candidacy, students will complete 20 credits of original dissertation research.
Can I take classes online or part-time? To ensure accessibility to non-traditional working professionals, we offer a hybrid educational model that includes a combination of the following:
- Traditional day classes
- Evening classes
- Intensive (time-condensed) summer sessions
Many courses will be offered during the academic year; however, summer intensive and hybrid courses will allow students to participate on a part-time basis during a portion of their program. Research in laboratories will occur year round. Part-time attendees will not be eligible for program stipend.
Must applicants have a master’s degree to be accepted into the program? In rare circumstances students with a Bachelor of Science degree showing exceptional promise as evidenced by their previous research experience, mentor recommendations, undergraduate GPA, and GRE scores will be considered. These students’ programs will begin with 24 graduate credits with content in at least two areas within CNHS (e.g., medical laboratory science, communication sciences and disorders, exercise and movement science). The choice of courses would be guided by program faculty to ensure mastery of a cohesive body of knowledge. Following completion of the 24 initial credits, these students’ curriculum would be equivalent to those coming in with a master’s degree. Twelve of their initial 24 credits would be counted as electives for the doctoral program, while the other 12 are additional required credit.
Must I re-take the GRE's if I already hold a master's/advanced degree? No.
What about financial aid and the tuition costs for the program? Up to five competitive, 12-month graduate assistantships are available to doctoral students enrolled in the program annually. Stipends will be provided for two years, after which students are expected to be funded through faculty or doctoral student research or training grants, supplemental teaching, and/or clinical practice or clinical supervision opportunities. Awardees receive tuition support for the duration of the program as long as they remain in good academic standing.
Contact Student Financial Services for current program tuition and fees. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.
How can I learn more about the program? Contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services.
Is an interview required? Yes, an interview is required of selected applicants.