Schools with PhD Programs in Minnesota

  1. The PhD program available at Capella University is for those wishing to earn doctoral degrees that allow them to scientifically research the improvement of nursing education. Offered completely online, students plan a course of study that fits into their careers. This is a flexible program that can be completed in between four and five years. Some students may take longer if necessary. Contact the school directly and enquire about their deadline dates for applications.

  2. The University of Minnesota offers a CCNE accredited PhD program through their School of Nursing. It prepares students for leadership roles in education and the advancement of nursing science through dedicated research. Classes are held onsite within a vibrant academic community and online course delivery is also used. It will take a little over three years for full-time students to complete this program. The degree requirements take part-time students between four and six years. Application deadline dates change on a yearly schedule. Please obtain the latest information from the school.

PhD Nurse Checklist

You should apply to the bridge programs available if you have not yet entered your MSN. It is essential that the coursework for this degree is complete prior to the doctorate. When applying to these programs, it is wise to understand how competitive prospective students are. There is a limit of available space and schools have strict requirements. Know the deadline dates and adhere to them. Include all requested documentation in full. Several prerequisites are not negotiable and you will need to obtain these qualifications before you will be considered. This is a list of what is required when applying to a PhD program in Minnesota:

  • All post-secondary universities or colleges that you have ever studied at must provide official transcripts for you.
  • All clinical hours worked as an Advanced Practice Nurse and as a graduate scholar must be proven.
  • Licensure to practice as a registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota is essential. It must be current and unrestricted in any way.
  • A total of three letters of reference are needed from authoritative figures such as academic mentors, employers, colleagues and medical physicians.
  • On a scale of 4.0, the minimum overall Grade Point Average acceptable is 3.0 or 3.5. This will depend on the school.
  • Only programs will full accreditation must be responsible for your completed baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
  • Scholarly papers usually suffice for the creative writing examples that the school will require.
  • Provide your latest Curriculum Vitae with all accomplishments and experiences included relating to your voluntary, professional and academic careers.
  • Your Personal Goal Statement should take the form of a well written essay that describes your professional aspirations in detail. Your reasons for pursuing a doctoral education must be clear in relation to these objectives.
  • Vaccinations preventing certain diseases are not negotiable. You must undergo a thorough health check and submit the results. Prepare for a complete background check to be performed.
  • A formal request to attend a personal interview will be forthcoming. Be prompt and do not have pressing appointments directly afterwards.
  • Completed courses in nursing theory, research and statistics are imperative. At least a C grade must have been achieved in the last five years.