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    Feb 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Education and Administration, Ph.D.

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Program Overview for Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing Education and Administration program is a terminal degree designed to prepare nurse scholars as nurse educators and/or administrators. Graduates will be prepared for the educator role including the ability to use sound educational concepts, principles, and knowledge in order to develop undergraduate and graduate nursing students who will be able to contribute to the health and well-being of diverse populations across the lifespan. These graduates will also be able to rise through the administrative ranks to become administrators of nursing programs. Graduates will also be able to assume leadership and upper level management roles in healthcare organizations in order to assure accountable clinical nursing practice.

Graduate Outcomes for PH.D. in Nursing Education and Administration

The following graduate competencies were adapted from the NLN educator core competencies (NLN, 2005) AACN Essentials for Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, 2011.

The graduate will:

  1. Utilize concepts, knowledge, and skills to create an environment that facilitates classroom and clinical learning in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.
  2. Facilitate students’ development as professional nurses.
  3. Utilize sound principles to develop strategies to assess academic achievement in the classroom and clinical settings and in the cognitive, affective, and psy-chomotor domains.
  4. Design, implement, evaluate, and revise nursing curricula and program outcomes that reflect the academic institution’s mission and goals, reflect current trends and evidence-based practice, and prepare graduates to function as professional nurses.
  5. Function as a change agent in order to promote the profession of nursing.
  6. Develop and articulate a vision for the professional nursing practice within the healthcare delivery system.
  7. Employ sound management, decision-making, problem-solving, and communi-cation skills to establish collaborative partnerships, resolve conflict, and effec-tively utilize resources.
  8. Utilize information and communication technology effective in the global environment of nursing and healthcare.
  9. Establish relationships with the community of interest.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in scholarly writing.
  11. Utilize Christian principles as a nurse administrator.

Admissions Requirements for the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration Program

To be admitted as a regular student, the applicant will have to:

  • Submit a completed application to William Carey University and the graduate school.
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit a scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of personal philosophy of nursing education and goals.
  • Submit three letters of references: two from individuals who can attest to research and scholarship and one personal reference.
  • Have earned an M.S.N. from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have earned a GPA of >3.50 on M.S.N. courses.
  • Have an unencumbered nursing license with no pending legal or state board action, and the unencumbered license must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program.
  • Be eligible to re-enter any previously attended college or university in good standing. If previously enrolled in a Ph.D. program, the applicant must provide a letter of good standing from that program.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy involving proficiency in word processing, email correspondence, and the internet.
  • Submit current curriculum vita.

Admission Status

An applicant for the Ph.D. program in nursing is admitted to regular or nondegree graduate status as follows:

Regular—Regular graduate status will be granted to those students who meet all requirements for admission to the program and are actively pursuing a degree.

Nondegree—Nondegree status may be assigned to those students who meet the requirements for admission, but do not wish to become a candidate for a degree. No more than nine hours of credit earned in a nondegree status may apply toward a degree.

Incomplete admission status may be granted for one term for a student who appears to be eligible for admission but is unable to supply certain required records prior to registration.

Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in nursing must have clearance of criminal background checks. This is a mandatory requirement as part of the Mississippi state law, Section 43-13-11 of Mississippi Code of 1972 and in accordance with R.S. 37:921, or the state in which the student resides or practices.

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment shall also be reported immediately to the dean of nursing. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in loss of licensure as a registered nurse and may halt progression in the program. Any violations may halt progression in the program. All fees associated with the criminal background check are the responsibility of the student.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit cannot be received for NUR 753, NUR 801, 802, 803, 804, and 805.


Students must maintain an active, unemcumbered RN license throught the program. Students must report any change in the status of their licensure. Changes in licensure may halt progression in the program.


Students must use Castlebranch to document and maintain required records such as licensure, criminal background check, and clinical requirements for courses with a preceptorship. Castlebranch fees and record updates are the student’s responsibility.

Computer Requirements

Technology is an essential and integral aspect of web-enhanced (hybrid) courses. The student must have access to a computer and stable connection to the internet on a regular basis. A high-speed internet connection, such as a cable modem or DSL line, is preferred. The student will need access to a Word, PowerPoint, and an Excel software program, for example: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional. Students will also need access to audio through speakers and the capability to record video and/or audio for selected web-enhanced assignments.


Students are to attend class meetings and participate in courses and to verify and submit course work on a weekly basis as required. Refer to the College of Health Science Graduate Student Handbook and individual course syllabi for specific course requirements.


Successful progression through the program requires the following:

  • Demonstrate competency of scholarly writing prior to taking courses within the program through one of the following options: (1) submission of a GRE Analytical Writing Score of 4.0 or better within the last five years; (2) passing NUR 799 Academic Writing for Doctoral Students, with a grade of B or better prior to taking courses in the program.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in statistics as evidenced by successful completion, with a grade of B or better, in an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course within the past ten years or substantial experience in nursing research projects prior to taking NUR 752.
  • Complete all assignments with a passing grade.
  • See Graduate Catalog-Academic Regulations-Academic Standing for grades below a B.
  • Any student who makes an “F “in a Ph.D. course will be dismissed from the program and be ineligible to readmit.
  • Student grades will be reviewed at the end of each term by the administrator of the graduate program and other WCU SON administration to determine status in achieving the GPA necessary to graduate.
  • The student must successfully complete NUR 801 , NUR 802 , NUR 803  and NUR 804  in sequence.
  • The student will be admitted to doctoral candidacy upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination and the dissertation proposal defense.
  • Successfully complete comprehensive examination to indicate mastery of program content. The student will have to have completed all but six hours of the curriculum and all other degree requirements. This excludes dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of a dissertation.


Graduation requires:

  • the student to submit a degree application.
  • successful completion of all degree requirements with a GPA of 3.5.
  • the student to be nominated by the dean.
  • mandatory participation in graduation.

Curriculum of the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration

The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in two or three years, including summer terms. Students are allowed to attend on a part-time basis, but the student must complete all required work within a period of six years. The total number of hours required is 60 hours. The program is in a hybrid (web-enhanced) format. Students will meet face-to-face four weekends a year; the rest of the content and student activities will be conducted via Canvas learning management system).

Transfer credit is available for any student. A maximum of 15 hours may be transferred from another university. Approval of transfer hours is considered on an individual basis.

The dissertation process will begin in the fall term and continue for six trimesters. The research courses will be developed to help the student design the essential components of a dissertation. Each student will have a committee of three Ph.D. program faculty members. There will be a written comprehensive examination to determine mastery of the Ph.D. content.

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