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PhD in Nursing

Lead as a Scholar and Educator

With an online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD in Nursing) from Wilkes University, you will achieve the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses. This online, doctorate-level program is designed to be taken on a part-time basis so you can balance your education with your professional career and personal life.

Our online PhD in Nursing is focused on research and will prepare you for a career in scientific inquiry aimed at developing new knowledge in nursing science. It will empower you for leadership roles and prepare you with the expertise to conduct research that will advance the nursing profession and improve nursing outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admission standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for this nursing program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, such as official transcripts, for a more in-depth review of qualifications. 

  • Master’s degree in nursing with a 3.3 GPA 
  • Unencumbered RN license* 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae 
  • Two letters of recommendation  
  • Check state authorization 

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review process by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

Applications are currently being accepted for May 2023

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* The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (