Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Is there a clinical requirement for this program?
As a part of courses NURS 923D and NURS 924D, you will make contact with sites that may be useful in completing your research. In addition, NURS 922D is a practicum research experience working in a clinical or research setting.
I’m nervous about the dissertation. Will faculty members be available if I need help?
Absolutely. The CUA School of Nursing faculty members are available for support and guidance throughout the program and especially during your dissertation. We understand that online students may feel isolated during the dissertation project and we work hard to stay connected with you and to help you stay on track to finish it within a reasonable period.
What are the admissions requirements?
You must hold baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from an accredited institution with a nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To learn more about the admissions guidelines and the application process, go to the Admissions page.
How does this program differ from the DNP program?
The Doctor of Nursing Practice focuses on practice. The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing is a research-focused doctoral degree in nursing that is designed to prepare nurse scientists and scholars who conduct original research and then apply the findings to practice.
The two types of doctoral programs are both considered terminal degrees in nursing, but represent different goals—one in clinical practice, one in research. To learn more about The Catholic University’s online DNP program, go to the DNP Overview page.