Excellence in Nursing Science and Education
While nurses improve the lives of individual patients and their families as part of the health care system, nurse scientists impact entire patient populations. They redefine practices and policies across health care systems and educate the next generation of nurse leaders.
At Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, nurse scientists have changed the handling of newborns at birth with Kangaroo Care. They have bolstered the use of nurse managers and monitored the health of caregiving grandmothers. They were the first to create internet dialogues between patients on internet and the first teach patients to talk to doctors with electronic avatars.
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, as a recognized leader in education in nursing, is committed to innovation through research. You will learn from the nation’s top nurse scientists. You will also work with these outstanding faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research and scholarship in one of the following focus areas:
- Symptom Science
- Family/Community Care
- Aging Across the Lifespan
- SelfManagement of Health and Illness
During the admissions process, the School of Nursing works in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies, which awards all PhD degrees at Case Western Reserve.
- Five different entry points and scheduling options: traditional format, fasttrack option, dual doctoral program, advanced standing for DNP graduates, and the dual-degree MSN/PhD program.
- Outstanding clinical and research affiliations with the nation’s best hospitals: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and MetroHealth Medical Center
- Opportunities to collaborate with the school’s Centers of Excellence
- Education courses available to prepare PhD graduates to teach and mentor the next generation of nurse scientists
Traditional PhD Entry Option
If you have already earned the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, you can enter the PhD program directly and complete the PhD core coursework during the fall and spring semesters.
A minimum of 3 credits of proposal development is required; however, students may need more time to complete their candidacy exam and proposal development and may therefore need to take more credits of proposal development.
Concurrent enrollment in proposal development credits and dissertation credits is not permitted.
Full-time status is defined as 9 credits per semester ONLY while students are enrolled in their coursework prior to proposal development. However, enrollment in even a single credit of NURS 671 (proposal development) or NURS 701 (dissertation) constitutes full time study.
Total required credit hours for the nursing PhD (post MSN) = 57 credits
Fast Track Option
This post-baccalaureate option is designed to allow nurses with a BSN, MN or MSN generalist degree to pursue a PhD degree.
Candidates are educated as nurse scientists and will be prepared for careers in research and academia.
Before starting the PhD core requirements, candidates must complete transition courses to gain clinical knowledge and be able to develop a research focus pertinent to nursing in the Context of Care (see below). There are four possibilities for meeting the requirement of the two transition courses (i.e., clinical research problems and context of care).
- Option #1 – Take the two transition courses (i.e., clinical research problems and context of care)
- Option #2 – Replace both of these courses with 6 credits of MSN level courses tailored to meet individual student needs relating to their future research.
- Option #3 – Take one transition course (either clinical research problems or context of care) and one MSN level course (combination).
- Option #4 – Waive one or both transition courses by submission of petition for waiver that details you have met course objectives for the transition courses through your clinical / research experience beyond your degree. This option is particularly relevant for applicants who are not new RNs and who have years of relevant experience.
- A minimum of 3 credits of proposal development is required; however, students may need more time to complete their candidacy exam and proposal development and may therefore need to take more credits of proposal development.
- Concurrent enrollment in proposal development credits and dissertation credits is not permitted.
- Full-time status is defined as 9 credits per semester ONLY while students are enrolled in their coursework prior to proposal development. However, enrollment in even a single credit of NURS 671 (proposal development) or NURS 701 (dissertation) constitutes full time study.
- Total required credit hours for the nursing PhD (post-BSN or equivalent) = 63 credits
Dual Doctoral Program
If you're interested in a research doctorate (PhD) combined with a clinical doctorate (DNP), this post-MSN program is for you. The dual doctoral program integrates coursework to prepare you for a career as a clinical researcher, faculty member, or healthcare administrator and can be completed in five years.
Dual Degree MSN/PhD Program
If you have a BSN or equivalent degree and would like to pursue an MSN degree in a specialized area on the way to a PhD in nursing, you can achieve that goal through our combined MSN/PhD program. With up to 8 credits of overlapping courses between the programs (depending on the MSN major), your path to the PhD can be shortened as you meet your goal of a master's degree in a specialty of your choice.
PhD Admission Requirements
Application requirements are:
- The applicant must be a registered nurse (or international equivalent) and have a bachelor's degree in nursing (or equivalent) or a master's degree in nursing.
- Three recommendations describing professional nursing competence, success in the PhD program, and potential for making a significant contribution to nursing. Two of these recommendations should be from PhD-prepared individuals, preferably in nursing.
- Two- to three-page statement of academic and career objectives and how the applicant’s research interest is consistent with the research expertise of the faculty.
- Written responses to questions contained in the application packet.
- Interview with two faculty members. This can be done by phone.
Official TOEFL score
All international applicants must submit a TOEFL score or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. A TOEFL score of 577 or above is required for the paper-based test; a score of 90 or above is required for the internet-based test. A minimum acceptable score of 7.0 is required for IELTS.
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