PhD Program

Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing program at Hampton University requires a minimum of 48 hours of course work beyond the master’s level. Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. within seven (7) years after successfully passing the doctoral qualifying examination.

Family and family-related research is the area of emphasis for the degree. Core requirements are the same for all students regardless of their research interests. Students are able to pursue their individual interests by taking elective and cognate courses.  The program is designed to be flexible enough to be adjusted to the appropriate needs of the students. 

To complete the program, students are required to satisfactorily complete core courses, an approved area of related study, and demonstrate research competence through the completion of the dissertation. The student’s competence and is tested through three doctoral examinations: a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and an oral defense of the dissertation.

The qualifying examination is taken after the successful completion of 18 semester hours of doctoral level coursework. The student must be enrolled in Nursing 703 to register to take the qualifying examination. A Qualifying Examination Committee, selected from the graduate nursing faculty, is charged with monitoring the construction, implementation and grading the examination. The qualifying examination is administered twice per year.  Grading will be conducted by members of the Qualifying Examination Committee and other nursing graduate faculty. Students who fail to achieve the desired level on parts of the examination may retake those parts at the next administration of the test. The student will be permitted to take the examination only twice. Students who do not successfully pass the doctoral qualifying examination will not remain in the program.

The Dissertation Committee (appointed by the Dean of the Graduate College upon recommendation by the department) consists of a minimum of 3 members, only one of whom may be outside of the department or the University. The dissertation committee administers the Comprehensive Examination and the oral defense of the dissertation. The comprehensive examination tests the student’s knowledge in the general area of study and the student understands of relevant fields of study which are supportive of the student’s dissertation research. The comprehensive examination is taken at the end of the student’s coursework prior to beginning the dissertation research. Students must enroll in NUR802 to register to take the Comprehensive Examination. If the student fails to satisfactorily complete this examination, it may be retaken once at the discretion of the dissertation committee. Students are required to orally defend the dissertation before their committee and at least two other faculty members who have expertise in the research area selected by the student.

An optional education component of the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in nursing is available to students with a desire or need to increase their abilities in nursing education. These five optional courses can be used as electives but are designed to stand as a supplemental content area that prepares the student for a role in nursing education and certification as a Certified Nurse Educator.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program Program Competencies

  1. Promote the delivery of quality health care through assuming leadership positions in nursing practice, nursing science, and nursing education.
  2. Apply, generate, and communicate knowledge and theory that build nursing science.
  3. Initiate, facilitate, and participate in collaborative endeavors related to the theoretical, conceptual and practical aspects of health care with clients, nurses and scholars from other disciplines.
  4. Construct, test, and modify theories for nursing in the context of social, scientific, cultural and economic influences.
  5. Exhibit scientific integrity.