Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree program will prepare the candidate to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate for improving health and health care globally.

Students will be admitted to the Ph.D. in Nursing degree program on full time status or part time status. Entry into the Ph.D. program is now an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program. Graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program will also be considered for admission.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program courses are delivered online.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Full Time Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Part Time Curriculum

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the Ph.D. program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree program is designed with a research emphasis dedicated to extending nursing science and improving the delivery of health care for rural and vulnerable individuals, families and communities within existing cultural, geographical, and health care context. An interprofessional research focus will provide an opportunity for students to learn by collaborating with other professionals, and prepare graduates for leading change and advancing health and health care systems.


Cost of Attendance

Costs for tuition and general fees at ISU are listed on the Cost of Attendance web page on the Finance and Administration website.

Professional Fee for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing = $1,085.00 per semester.

In addition to ISU tuition and fees, a professional fee is assessed for all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing. Professional fees for the nursing programs are used to support faculty salaries, instruction support services, durable & disposable equipment and supplies, faculty and staff program travel, capital equipment and a reserve for maintenance and purchase of major capital items.

Professional fees for the Ph.D. program are $1,085.00 per semester including any summer session regardless of number of credits in which the student is enrolled. There is also a $35.00 per credit e-ISU online course fee.


The School of Nursing annually awards approximately $40,000 in scholarships, and the School of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April.
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU. For the list of nursing scholarships under Division of Health Science, please see the "Scholarship Listings by College" web page.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office also maintains a page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS or BSN) program or ≥ 3.5 GPA based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application by established deadline.
  5. Evidence of completing a descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five years prior to start of the academic year of admission to the program.
  6. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  7. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing Ph.D. Admissions Committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by video conference may be arranged.
  8. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Ph.D. program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

Although the School of Nursing does not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, the Graduate School does require the GRE for students with an Admission GPA under 3.5 (calculated using 60+/- semester undergraduate credits in complete semesters).

The School of Nursing Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Online Application

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Starting Fall 2016, all application materials are submitted in one application through the Graduate School. Applicants for Fall 2017 admission are encouraged to apply well before the February 1st priority deadline.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Submission directly to the Graduate School official transcripts for all degrees including the completion of BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program.
  2. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the Ph.D program, and how this preparation will facilitate career goals.
  3. Submission of a writing sample (professional paper).
  4. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study. Two references should be from academic sources and one from a recent employer.
  5. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

Selection Process for the Ph.D in Nursing Program

Applications for the Ph.D. Program are still being accepted for Fall 2017 admission.

Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the Ph.D. degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in April of any year.

More Information

Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to:

Karen Neill, PhD, RN, SANE-A

Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Professor

Office: Pocatello


Professional Profile

Questions related to technical aspects of submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

Administrative Assistant I

Office: Pocatello



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