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Considerations for Developing Your Program of Study

Course Load and Credits

Ten (10) credits is considered a full-time course load. Each doctoral student must have completed 90 credits, 60 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.

Course Scheduling

The majority of required courses are offered in the academic year, Autumn through Spring Quarter. The exception is the first year when one required course will be offered during Summer 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 2-3 days during the week. We do not recommend working over 20 hours per week while in the program. Some scholarships, loans and research or teaching assistantships are available.

Faculty Availability

Most School of Nursing faculty have nine-month appointments, and may or may not be teaching in Summer Quarter.

Independent Study

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 Academic Services (AS) and must be returned to AS for your file when the study experience has been completed.

Previous Credits

Although the University does not accept transfer credits into the doctoral program, up to 30 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 Academic Services for the student file.