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$293-$720 PER C/H 




Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

Health Sciences Center


Become a Health Care Leader

Nurses are needed now more than ever to lead hospital and health care organization executive teams. The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center now offers mutiple pathways to being a nursing leader in your desired career path.

Contemporary healthcare is quickly evolving and nurse scientists are at the forefront of this change. The PhD program equips our scholars to ask and investigate questions that are relevant to improving health care outcomes and advancing the theoretical foundations of nursing science. The PhD program prepares nurse scientists for successful careers and leadership roles as change agents in:

  • Research-intensive Academic Settings
  • Interdisciplinary and Inter-professional Venues
  • Clinical Research Sites
  • State and Federal Research Positions

PhD students can choose from a wide range of research opportunities and mentors. All prospective PhD applicants are encouraged to read about the program's faculty research focus to identify a potential match with a mentor. All applicants are encouraged to contact potential mentors to discuss congruence of their interests with the faculty member's research. A close match is extremely helpful in assuring success in the program.


  • If you already have a Masters in Nursing: Master's to PhD Option
  • If you are a BSN graduate: BSN to PhD Fast Track Option

Courses include:

    Roles and Responsibilities of the Nurse Scientist

    Philosophy of Science (Graduate Level)

    Ethics in Research and Scholarship

    Responsible Conduct of Research

    Epistemology in Nursing Science

    Vulnerability and Disparity in Diverse Populations

    Quantitative Methods in Research

    Qualitative Methods in Research

    Research Measurement and Instrumentation

     Grant Writing Seminar

     Applied Statistics I

     Applied Statistics II

     Special Focus in Applied Statistics

     Implementing Research with Diverse Populations

    Research Practicum (Must take minimum of 1 cr.)

    Prospectus Seminar


    Dissertation Research

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that prepares clinical scholars recognized for outstanding leadership and innovative evidence-based patient/population centered outcomes.  The program focuses on interprofessional collaboration and developing competencies in practice, leadership, and quality improvement an safety that lead to enhanced outcomes important to patients, families, providers, and organizations. 
The creation of an integrated BSN to DNP curriculum is in line with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' (NONPF), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and American Organizations of Nurse Executives (AONE) commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree by 2025. The program is not an addition to master's studies, but rather an integration of the objectives and learning opportunities required for attainment of doctoral level core and population-focused competencies. 

Courses include:

     Background & Scientific Underpinnings for Advanced Nursing Practice 

    Informational Systems and Technology for Healthcare Transformation

    Organizational and Systems Leadership in Nursing 

    Influential Nurse Leadership and Relationship Management 

    Leading Strategic Change 

    Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing 

    Leadership of Innovation in Complex Systems 

    Financial Management in Nursing 

    Healthcare Quality for Improved Outcomes 

    Fundamentals of Scientific Writing 

    Applied Statistics I 

    Research Methods 

    Nurse Executive Leadership 

    Principles of Epidemiology 

    Economics and Finance in Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice 

    Practice Inquiry I

    Roles, Innovations and Opportunities of the DNP

    Health Policy Local to Global 

    Practice Inquiry II 

    Practice Inquiry III


    100% Online

Admission Deadline:

    June 1, 2022

Next Start Date:

    Fall 2022



Academic Excellence

Learn from our diverse faculty who are devoted to educating nurses and impacting health care. With their guidance, you will advance health care through OUHSC's intensive research initiatives and health-related community outreach programs.


Alumni Network

Earning your degree from OUHSC gives you lifelong connections outside of the classroom. You will join over 11,800 alumni of the OUHSC College of Nursing - the state's largest nursing program.



Strong Career Growth

Our program prepares you to join the health care administration and management sector, which is projected to grow 18% through 2028 (BLS). Nursing management positions can earn up to $129,000, and director roles can earn up to $169,000 (AONL).

An Investment in Your Future

Tuition for the online Nursing programs have a wide range based on the type of program and what fees are associated with the program.

Please visit OU HSC Financial Services to determine what the tuition is for your program of interest.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Program Details

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Admissions Requirements

Minimum Prerequisites:

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program with either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Nursing.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken in the past five years of the application date for Verbal, Quantitative and Writing exams.
  • Submit a current Curriculum Vitae using the CV template provided.
  • Evidence of entry level graduate writing ability based on written application essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions.
  • Prerequisite Statistics Course.
  • Application to the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.
  • Interviews with PhD nursing faculty members, in person or via telephone conference.
  • Personal Computer Required
  • TOEFL may be required for students born outside the U.S.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Minimum Prerequisites:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours..
  • Current United States license to practice as a Registered Nurse in state where clinical notations are completed.
  • University Admission and supplemental applications [Including submission of three reference letters, an essay, and a resume.]
  • Interview with DNP faculty

There is a two-step application process for the online M.S.N. in Nursing Administration.


  1. Complete only sections marked required at
  2. Pay appropriate application fees.
  3. Submit your transcripts.
  4. Questions: Contact NursingCAS at or (617) 612-2880.


  1. Complete the supplemental application at:
  2. Enter the NursingCAS ID number from the Admission Application.
  3. Pay the $75 application fee.
  4.  For international students, please mail the following to Admissions & Records:
    • Residency documentation
    • TOEFL exam results
    • WES evaluation of international coursework
    • Immigration documentation

Note: An interview may be requested by faculty.

The Nursing Administration Admissions Committee respects the investment each person makes in applying to the program. Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis, ensuring that each candidate receives a prompt response to their application. Once all documents are received, the application is considered, and a decision is made.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the HSC Financial Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-271-2118.

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Program Contacts:

PHD Coordinator:

Emily Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, FAHA, FPCNA
PhD Program Director

DNP Coordinator:

Jaye Robertson, MA, DNP, RN, CNEP
Assistant Professor