University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


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Program Information

School:University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Description:The goal of the doctoral program in nursing is to prepare scientists capable of conducting innovative research that results in new and significant contributions to nursing knowledge. The students engage in creative thinking, critical appraisal and synthesis of scholarly work in their field of interest using a wide range of philosophical, theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Admissions are for full-time students only. To be considered as having full-time status, students must register to a minimum of 6 credits per session and must be geographically available and visit the campus regularly. The core courses in the program are offered in English but several of the possible elective courses are offered in French. In accordance with University of Ottawa policy, students can write exams, course assignments and theses in either English or French. The program is governed by the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), which are available on the Website. The PhD program consists of three fields: 1) Evidence informed decision making in nursing and health care; 2) socio-political, educational and historic contexts of nursing; and 3) nursing practice and delivery systems.

URL:Nursing at University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:5 Year(s)

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Candidates for the PhD in Nursing will be considered for admission under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants must have completed an honours baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree in nursing or a related discipline (e.g., education, health administration, psychology) with a minimum overall average of 75% (B+). Students intending to include a clinical practice component in their research must be registered as nurses in the jurisdiction where the clinical component of the research will take place. Several key areas of knowledge are required: research methods, statistics, and nursing theory. Applicants who do not have a master’s degree in nursing and/or whose knowledge of research methods or statistics is deficient may be asked to take qualifying courses such as NSG 5130 (Development of knowledge and theory in nursing as a discipline), EDU 6191 (Methods and Interpretation in Quantitative Research II), or NSG 5140 (Research methods in nursing). Those who require more than two such courses must complete them prior to admission. Those requiring two or less may be allowed to take them after admission to the program. However, these courses would be additional to the 18 credits required of all students in the program. Research competence can be demonstrated either through the completion of a master’s thesis or through projects completed during nursing practice or as part of a non-thesis program. Non-thesis students must present a dossier that demonstrates their research skills. The dossier might include research reports, publications in peer-reviewed journals, program development and evaluation reports, abstracts, presentations, etc. The proposed thesis supervisor will provide a written evaluation of the dossier to the admissions committee, who will make the final decision about the student’s suitability for the program.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 79-80]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Three letters of recommendation and official transcripts of all universities attended are required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 14, 2022