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August 13, 2020
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November 23, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
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December 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
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  • The PhD program is a research-focused doctoral program in Nursing. At the end of the PhD Program students are expected to meet the terminal objectives as outlined here.
  • Students in the PhD program may enroll for either full-time or part-time study, but preference is given to students enrolling full-time. Full-time study is defined as at least nine credit hours (typically three courses) per semester.
  • In accordance with School of Nursing policy, PhD students who are not supported by T32 funding and employed by the University may work no more than 50 percent (20 hours/week) while actively engaged in coursework. PhD students supported by T32 funding are restricted to 10 hours per week of outside work. Part-time study requires enrolling in three-to-six credit hours per semester. Part-time PhD students may work while enrolled in the program to the extent that the student’s academic progression (i.e., meeting course grade and program milestone expectations) is not compromised.

To be eligible for the PhD program, you must meet the following:

  Academic Criteria

  • An area of research interest that matches those of at least two School of Nursing faculty members
  • Education Requirements: The minimum education requirement for all applicants is the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited School of Nursing in the US or an international equivalent. The bachelor’s degree in nursing must have been earned prior to matriculation in the PhD program. In addition to the BS degree, applicants may have earned a masters degree in nursing or a master’s degree in another field, but a master’s degree is not required. Applicants who have completed an RN to MSN program and are without an earned bachelor’s degree in any field may need to submit additional documentation about the curriculum of their specific RN to MSN program (please contact Office of Student Affairs for details, at
  • All applicants must be admissible to all previously attended colleges/universities. If you have been declared academically ineligible and therefore unable to return to any previous institutions, you must contact that institution and seek documentation that reinstates your eligibility or your application cannot undergo review. Copies of ALL correspondence regarding your reinstatement request must be submitted in the application. Additionally, if your final institutional cumulative GPA is below 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), please upload documentation of your eligibility to return to that particular institution in NursingCAS under “Other.”

 Non-Academic Criteria

Obtaining a degree from Carolina Nursing requires students to engage in diverse and complex experiences directed at acquiring and practicing skills and functions essential to the profession of nursing. Candidates for Carolina Nursing degrees must be able to meet the following minimum standards:

Students who seek reasonable accommodations for disabilities must contact the Office of Accessibility Resources & Service (919-962-8300). Staff in this office will determine a student’s eligibility for, and recommend, appropriate accommodations and services. Also see the School of Nursing’s policy.

Consistent with its mission and philosophy, the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing educational opportunities to students with disabilities. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the school provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. The decision regarding appropriate accommodations will be based on the specifics of each case.

All School of Nursing students are required to use e-mail for conveying course/clinical/research/other School related business. All e-mail communication regarding School of Nursing matters must utilize the student’s University MS-Exchange e-mail address only. The use of external email services is not permitted. Most School of Nursing courses use the Sakai Learning Management Systems which requires frequent reliable access to Internet resources. For both these reasons easy access to personal computers and the Web are imperative.