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Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics


Nursing Ph.D. students may pursue additional training in bioethics through the dual-title Ph.D. program in Nursing and Bioethics. Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program in Nursing and the Graduate School before they can apply for admission to the dual-title degree program. Admission to the dual-title is determined upon review of all application materials by the admissions committee in Bioethics. Students on this path explore the skills and knowledge needed to address ethical issues, conduct original bioethics research, and produce related scholarship. To qualify for the dual-title degree, students must satisfy the requirements of the Nursing Ph.D. program. The dual-title Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics requires a minimum of 2 credits of course work beyond the requirements for the Ph.D. in Nursing. minimum of 49ā€“50 credits.

Incoming full-time Ph.D. students may be eligible for a University assistantship. Assistantships cover tuition and pay a monthly stipend. In return, the recipient assists an assigned faculty member in various aspects of the faculty role for up to 20 hours per week.

All nursing science courses begin with a one- to two-day pre-semester intensive, which meets at University Park campus in the fall and the Hershey Medical Center campus in the spring. The intensive consists of an introduction to the classes, a meeting of the Doctoral Student Organization, and other workshops or seminars.

Throughout the semester, required weekly seminars are sponsored by the Center for Nursing Research and the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.


Offered at University Park and Hershey campuses


Admission requirements are outlined on the Penn State Bulletin website. Applications to the program can be done through the Graduate School.

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