Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice/ Doctor of Philosophy (DNP/PhD) in Nursing dual degree, a unique, innovative program that integrates the essential practice aspects inherent in the DNP with the scholarly research emphasis of a PhD, resulting in a nursing professional prepared to become a “practice scientist.”
Graduates enter the marketplace much more quickly and provide major contributions in both practice and academic arenas. The doctoral level course work establishes a critical basis for carrying out a culminating change project and dissertation in a related area. Courses include advanced theory, research and immersion in practice-intensive course work specific to the student’s chosen area of specialization. The final year of study is focused on completion of project and dissertation activities.
The doctoral program requires full-time study (6 credits per term). Classes are conducted online in combination with annual five-day intensives held on the Duncan campus at Goldfarb School of Nursing. The first intensive session is held immediately prior to the initial term of doctoral study, where students will be able to meet with classmates and potential faculty members.
The integrated clinical and research approach of the DNP/PhD program enables students to develop a solid in-depth understanding of theory and research essential to undertaking discovery while at the same time acquiring the knowledge fundamental to advance the practice of nursing.
DNP/PhD Post-Master’s Option
Post-master’s students complete the program in four years, including a doctoral dissertation and culminating project coursework.