Doctor of Nursing Practice to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education

Thank you for your interest in the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education program at William Carey University. The PhD in Nursing Education program is a terminal degree designed for the DNP-prepared nurses to serve as nurse scholars as well as nurse educators. Graduates will be prepared for the educator role including the ability to use sound education concepts, principles, and knowledge in order to develop undergraduate and graduate nursing students who will be able to contribute to the health and well-being of diverse populations across the lifespan. Graduates will also be able to assume leadership and upper level administrative roles in nursing education in order to assure accountable clinical nursing practice. 

Offered on the Hattiesburg campus, the plan of study was developed to accommodate the lifestyle of busy DNPs. Courses are offered in a web-enhanced hybrid format with approximately four Friday and Saturday face-to-face meetings per year. This model only requires students to travel to the Hattiesburg campus four times per year with the exception of out of class program requirements such as dissertation defenses and comprehensive exams. The program can be completed in a two-year timeframe. The dissertation process is designed to be completed, with faculty guidance, over four terms. Please explore the website to learn more about this exciting, innovative program.

Contact Information: For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Jenna Barton, Assistant Professor of Nursing, PhD Advisor at  or 601-318-6490.