The BSN-PhD program enables select, highly motivated students who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to enroll directly into the PhD program after completing twelve credit hours of MSN coursework.

The post-baccalaureate entry option is for highly-qualified BSN graduates with an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse and whose career goals are research-oriented to progress as rapidly as possible toward the doctorate degree in nursing. Admission requirements to the PhD program – application, fees and more – are the same as those for the post-MSN to PhD applicants.

Review the sample plans of study to see the four master’s level courses required prior to beginning the PhD coursework. Once these courses are successfully completed, students will start the PhD curriculum beginning with N5603 Research Institute I. A minimum grade of “B” must be achieved in all course work.

Note: Students who desire advanced clinical practice preparation – examples include nurse practitioner – should apply to the BSN-DNP program rather than applying to the PhD program.

Hybrid/Online Distance Education Program

The PhD in Nursing provides professionals a flexible way to learn online.  Our program also offers an affordable option.  You pay in-state tuition for online Nursing courses regardless of your location.

The PhD program uses Blackboard, Web-based software, for classes. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and course.

PhD students are required to attend research courses on the UMKC campus in Kansas City each summer for two years. Expect the hands-on, mandatory courses to last several days.

Plan to form a strong bond with your professors. Our faculty members are committed to personal attention regardless of geography. Professors can be reached by phone and e-mail.

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states.  We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, DC. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for more specific application information.

PhD Application Deadline:

All completed application materials are due by 5:00 pm on the following date:

February 15th to start coursework in June