Mandatory Summer 2015 PhD Research Institute Dates

N5603 - Research Institute I: Wednesday, July 15th at 8:30AM (with a mandatory dinner that night) through Sunday, July 19th at noon

N5604 - Research Institute II: Monday, July 13th (8:30AM) through Thursday, July 16th at 5:00 PM Mandatory Dinner (July 15th)

Doctoral Research Day: Thursday, July 16, 2015 (8:30AM - 5:00PM)

Daily Meeting Times:
8:30AM – 5:00PM (Exceptions: Dinner on 7/15 & N5603’s Noon dismissal on 7/19)

PhD program

PhD program

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Students in UMKC's Doctorate in Nursing (PhD) program take advantage of distance learning using the latest technology platforms. Classes are offered online, synchronously and asynchronously, with the exception of two on-site Summer Research Institute courses. Students apply to start in a summer semester and will come to campus their first and second summers.


Students develop a plan of study and undertake coursework that supports their research area. Within that plan of study, students take 6 hours of elective, research-related courses as well as 12 credit hours of coursework in a collateral field of study that supports their research interests. Throughout the curriculum, students are expected to engage in scholarly activities, including grant writing, research presentations and manuscript submissions.


PhD education is predicated on a strong mentoring relationship between the student and faculty throughout the curriculum. Students work with a faculty mentor/adviser throughout the program and establish a Supervisory Committee which formally approves students’ individual plans of study, is responsible for their comprehensive examination and transitions students into their dissertation.

Program outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Serve as leaders in nursing and health care; and
  • Function as nurse scientists to advance the body of knowledge that guides the practice of nursing and contributes to interdisciplinary knowledge.

Development of the overall program was guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) quality indicators for doctoral education.


Program Admission Requirements

Students may apply to the program as either post-BSN or post-MSN students. Priority application deadline for all application materials is February 1 for a summer admission. Applicants will be evaluated for Doctoral nursing studies according to the following criteria:

  • Faculty/Mentor research match – applicants should e-mail Dr. Patricia Kelly , the PhD Program Chair, in advance of the application due date for advice and direction on securing a mentor match prior to submitting the application;
  • Grade Point Average;
  • Research Project Focus Statement
  • Three completed reference forms

Application Checklist

  • All materials must be submitted prior to February 1 for a summer start
  • Make application to our program through NursingCAS
  • Submit official transcripts to the UMKC Office of Admissions from each institution attended (as opposed to Nursing CAS) to:
    UMKC Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499