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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College Bulletin

5.12 - Nursing

College of Nursing


1100 N. Stonewall
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2428

Julie Hoff, PhD, MPH, RN, Dean

Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Associate Professor

Barbara W. Carlson, PhD, RN, FGSA, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and PhD studies and Professor

Emily J. Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, FAHA, FPCNA, PhD Program Director,  Associate Professor

For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site

Doctor of Philosophy


• PhD in Nursing – 90 hours

The PhD Program in Nursing is designed to prepare nurse scholars to advance the science, art, and practice of the discipline. Doctoral preparation in Nursing Science promotes knowledge development, organization, and application of theory and evidence-based scholarly nursing practice. Our PhD program prepares nurses to develop and utilize knowledge in many roles, including:

  • Researcher
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Clinician
  • Health care policy maker

PhD students’ research will be consistent with one or more faculty member’s expertise, somewhere within the continuum of vulnerabilities across diverse populations. See Faculty Research. Courses are competency-based. The intent is for the PhD program to be distance accessible. While students may elect to take cognates or electives in traditional onsite settings, the PhD in Nursing curriculum offers courses that are completely online.


  1. Applications and supplementary documents are submitted through NursingCAS at:
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken in the past five years of the application date for Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing exams. Verbal 550 or above (old scoring) or 156 or above (new scoring).  Quantitative 550 or above (old scoring) or 146 (new scoring).  Writing 4 or above.
  3. TOEFL for international applications (no more than two years old). The desired scores are at least 600 for the paper-based test or 100IBT.
  4. Goal Statement. See application for guidelines for statement. Please indicate your area(s) of research interest or focus.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (use recommendation form file for recommendations).
  6. Official Transcripts from each school previously and currently attended. Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for Master’s and subsequent coursework is desired.
  7. Transcripts from Undergraduate degree coursework (GPA of 3.5 or above is desired).
  8. Copy of resume or Curriculum Vita (CV).
  9. Supplemental Application for the PhD in Nursing Program
  10.  Interviews with at least two PhD nursing faculty members, in person or via telephone conference (we arrange this).
  11. Computer Requirements for OUCN Students—Specific computer, software and internet requirements will be shared with students at orientation. 

Nursing graduates have excellent employment opportunities in all geographic regions.

Current Courses:  Search NURS prefix courses found online at

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