PhD and DNP Comparison

 
PhD in Nursing
Doctor in Nursing Practice
Focus
Nursing Research
Nursing Practice

Goal

  • To prepare nurse researchers to design, conduct and lead research projects
  • To generate nursing knowledge aimed at changing nursing science or practice
  • To prepare leaders with expertise in specialty practice who can utilize research evidence to effect practice change

Courses

  • Scientific research methodologies and statistics
  • Philosophy of science 
  • Cognates and electives from other Schools and the University relating to a student's research focus
  • Nursing specialty practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • Ethics for advanced practice
  • Information technology

Focus of Courses

  • Philosophy of science
  • Theory construction & analysis
  • Statistics
  • Research methods – qualitative and quantitative
  • History of health care and historical methods
  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Expanding practice expertise to the highest level
  • Theory related to practice
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Research methods – applied
  • Health Policy
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Leadership

Point of Entry

  • BSN (student earns a Master’s degree in the BSN-to-PHD program)
  • MSN
  • MSN with a specialty focus

Credits

  46 credits after MSN

  39 credits after MSN

Clinical requirements

none

a minimum of 1000 hours of post-BSN, supervised practica in a specialty area

Scholarship opportunities

  • UVA provides 2 years of full instate  scholarship to all students.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available (full scholarship plus stipend).
  • Loan forgiveness programs for those who will become nursing faculty after graduation
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available (full scholarship plus stipend). 
  • Some partial scholarships available.
  • Loan forgiveness programs for those who will become nursing faculty after graduation
Types of jobs after graduation
  • Academic faculty positions 
  • Eligible to be Primary Investigator for research grants.
  • Directors of research at health systems.
  • Leadership positions in health organizations
  • Academic and leadership positions emphasizing research and teaching
  • APNs with an enhanced skill set
  • Academic and leadership positions emphasizing evidence-based clinical practice and teaching. Tenure status will vary with type of university/college.
  • Leadership positions in health organizations
  • Directors of clinical nursing at health facilities, systems.

For More Information

For additional information on admission to and programs of study at the UVA School of Nursing, please complete our inquiry form. You are also welcome to call the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (434) 924-0141 / (888) 283-8703.

Questions on admissions and financial aid should be directed to Clay Hysell, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, hysell@virginia.edu.