Course Load and Credits
Ten credits is considered a full-time course load. Each doctoral student must have completed ninety credits, sixty of which must have been completed in residency at the University of Washington, in order to earn the doctoral degree.
Academic Progress and Scholarship
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for completion of any graduate program at the University of Washington. A minimum of 2.7 is required in each of the required nursing core courses, including NURS 587, NURS 588, NURS 589, NURS 590, NURS 591, NURS 592, NURS 595 and NMETH 580.
The majority of required courses are offered in the academic year, autumn through spring quarter. All required courses, exclusive of the dissertation, can be completed in two years of full time study. As the majority of students enrolled in the program work concurrently with their course work, nursing core courses are arranged to consolidate offerings to two to three days during the week. We do not recommend working over twenty hours per week while in the program. Some scholarships, loans and research or teaching assistantships are available.
Most School of Nursing faculty have nine-month appointments, and may or may not be teaching in summer quarter.
NURS 599: Selected Readings is defined as individual reading or work on a paper with a faculty member. NMETH 600: Guided Scholarship is defined as individual work on a research project (not the dissertation) in which manipulation of data is included. A form stating agreement between the faculty member and the student as to the purpose of the study is required before enrolling in either of these independent study options. Forms are available in SAS and must be returned to SAS for your file when the study experience has been completed.
Although the University does not accept transfer credits into the doctoral program, up to thirty credits of graduate course work taken as part of a master’s program may be requested to meet part of the nursing or the related fields requirement within Theory and Domain of Knowledge. Such courses must be directly relevant to the student’s area of research, and have been taken within the previous ten years. The Supervisory Committee approves such requests when it approves the student’s program of study. The approved program of study is then forwarded to SAS for the student file.