The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree requires Registered Nurses who graduated with a BSN, MSN, or DNP to complete a maximum of 80 credits. Up to 32 graduate credits might be counted towards the total number of 80 credits for those applicants entering the program with a MSN or a DNP per Graduate Policy. Therefore, for MSN entry the typical program is 60 credits and for DNP entry the typical program is 48 credits.
In the PhD program, graduate credit will not be awarded for courses in which a grade less than B (3.0) is earned. All numerical grades earned are used in computing a student’s grade point average.
Satisfactory academic progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.
Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.
Good academic standing
All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of B (3.0), as well as a B (3.0) or above in all courses.
Good academic standing is a requirement for:
- Holding a Graduate Assistantship
- Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
- Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
- Going on a leave of absence
- Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University
Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.
School of Nursing requirements: Students are required to follow university policies and procedures for graduate students, as described in the Oakland University Graduate Catalog. In addition to the university requirements, specific School of Nursing policies and procedures are outlined in the School of Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Student Handbook.
Students are expected to earn a grade of B (3.0) or above in each course in the PhD program. In courses graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U), students are expected to earn a course grade of satisfactory. In courses graded Satisfactorily Progressing (SP)/Unsatisfactorily Progressing (NP), students are expected to earn a course grade of satisfactorily progressing (SP). Students who are not making satisfactory progress (i.e., <3.0, U, NP) in the program may be placed on probation with conditions imposed for retention in the program or may be recommended for dismissal from the program.
Graduate students who are not in good standing in the School of Nursing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.
The continuous enrollment policy for doctoral students requires continuous registration of graduate students for at least 1 credit each semester in the academic year to maintain an active graduate student status. This includes semesters in which the comprehensive, preliminary or qualifying examination is taken, defense, and each subsequent term (fall and winter) until the degree requirements are met and the dissertation or project is submitted to Oakland University Graduate School.
Students are required to submit a leave of absence form if extenuating circumstances arise where the student has to take a semester off. Failure to submit this form may result in a loss of admission status.
Some agency and graduate assistantship eligibility may have course-load requirements that exceed the minimum registration requirements of the Continuous Enrollment Policy (e.g., Veterans Affairs, Immigration and Naturalization for international students, and federal financial aid programs). Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to register for the appropriate number of credits that are required for funding eligibility and/or compliance as outlined by specific agency regulations under which they are governed.
Related program information
Plan of study
All accepted applicants, in consultation with the PhD program director, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be signed by the program director and student and submitted, in coordination with advising, to Oakland University Graduate School.
Note: Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved
Students are responsible for requirements and policies stated in the School of Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Student Handbook and each course syllabus. Every student admitted to the PhD program is assigned to an academic adviser who is available to assist with the interpretation and implementation of relevant policies and procedures.