PhD Program Paths

The PhD program is delivered fully online. For the first three years of the program, there will be a required summer immersion session consisting of several days on campus. Dates for classes are posted by July 1st for the upcoming academic year.

BSN to PhD

The BSN to PhD option blends the doctoral curriculum with two different MSN concentrations – the Nursing Education concentration or the Health Systems Leadership concentration. This option will reduce the number of master’s level courses required in the traditional MSN program and facilitates completion of the nursing PhD in a timely manner. BSN to PhD students are required to complete between 72 and 84 semester hours. Undergraduate students interested in this pathway may wish to learn more about opportunities such as the Early Assurance Program provided through the ECU Honors College.

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MSN to PhD

The most traditional path to a PhD, this option requires students to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours beyond the master’s degree.

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DNP to PhD

The DNP to PhD option is an accelerated pathway that allows use of up to 12 semester hours from a DNP program to partially fulfill requirements of the PhD program. The student’s credit for coursework in a DNP program is determined based on a review of transcripts and course syllabi by the PhD program director. DNP applicants are responsible for providing course syllabi to evidence transfer credit. A minimum of 42 additional semester hours of PhD coursework taken at ECU for a minimum total of 54 semester hours for degree completion.

Download the DNP to PhD curriculum plans here: