Sue Lasiter
PhD Program Director

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Research Institute

Summer 2021 Research Institute

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

Qualified BSN graduates who hold an unencumbered Registered Nurse license and whose career goal is to progress as rapidly as possible toward a research degree in nursing may apply to this very selective program. Admission requirements are the same as those for the post-MSN to PhD applicants.

The BSN-PhD sample plans of study (left menu) list the four required master’s level courses. These courses must be successfully completed prior to progressing to the PhD coursework beginning with N5603 Research Institute I. A minimum grade of “B” must be achieved in all master’s and doctoral course work.

Note: Students who desire a clinical practice doctorate should apply to the BSN-DNP program rather than the research-focused PhD program.



Hybrid/Online Distance Education Program

The PhD in Nursing provides students a flexible, online way to learn and, to assist in affordability, students pay in-state tuition for online Nursing courses regardless of residential location (check state regulations link below for online education rules determined by each state).

The PhD program uses Canvas as the online learning platform for classes. Depending on course topics and content, classes can be conducted in synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both modes. Our faculty members are committed to provide students with personal attention regardless of geography. Professors can be reached by phone and by e-mail.

PhD students are required to attend Research Institute I and II in-person on the UMKC campus in Kansas City for three days during the summer of years one and two (see sample plans of study).

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 and Washington, DC. Because state regulations sometimes change, please review your state’s regulations to verify the status of your state prior to submitting your application.

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:

  • Summer 2021 Deadline: 02/26/2021
    • All graduate programs & tracks, with exception to the following:
      • MSN Nurse Educator DOES NOT have a summer start.