PhD in Nursing

Hampton University - College of Continuing Education

Online Hampton, VA Private ACCREDITED

Program at a Glance

Yes 100% online
$695 Per credit hour for tuition
60 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
No transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
Years min. completion time


Online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Hampton University

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Hampton University prepares professionals for leadership roles in nursing education, research, and practice. The program, which has accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, addresses the nation's shortage of highly qualified nurse educators. It provides two tracks: nurse educator and family nurse. Students who complete the nurse educator track are qualified to pursue national certification as nurse educators.

The PhD in Nursing is delivered through Hampton University Online, which provides flexible and affordable programs to a diverse population of learners. Courses are offered asynchronously through Blackboard so students can access lectures, materials, and discussions as needed. Comprehensive resources including the following enhance their ability to achieve academic and professional success.

- Online bookstore

- Career services

- Library services

- Academic credit for military training

- Accessible faculty and staff members

- Transfer credits for prior college work

PhD in Nursing Curriculum

The PhD in Nursing has a minimum of 48 hours of courses beyond the master's level. Students, however, typically complete 54 to 60 credits of coursework including 12 hours of cognate courses and 42 hours of required courses. Cognate courses "address the specific substantive and methodological focus of the dissertation research."

To graduate, students complete required courses, select approved areas of related study, and write a dissertation to demonstrate research competence. Three examinations evaluate their scientific knowledge and competence: a qualifying exam, a comprehensive exam, and an oral defense of the dissertation. Students take the qualifying exam after successfully completing 18 hours of doctoral level courses. They take the comprehensive exam after they've completed all coursework and before starting dissertation research.

Students must meet all program requirements within seven years of passing the doctoral qualifying examination.

PhD in Nursing Core Competencies

Students in the PhD in Nursing program graduate with the expertise to successfully perform the following duties:

- Assume leadership positions in nursing education, practice, and science that promote delivery of quality health care

- Apply, produce, and communicate theories and knowledge that build nursing science

- Initiate, support, and participate in collaborative efforts with clients, nurses, and scholars from other disciplines that relate to the practical and theoretical aspects of health care

- Create, test, and revise nursing theories in the context of cultural, economic, scientific, and social influences

- Demonstrate scientific integrity

Financial Aid

Hampton University offers affordable tuition and fees for online programs. It provides doctoral nursing students with the following forms of financial assistance:

- Federal loans

- State aid

- University aid

- School of Nursing scholarships

Students may also pursue loans from private lenders and scholarships from external sources like local, state, and federal health care agencies.


Nursing faculty members are highly skilled teachers who bring both practical experience and cutting-edge research to their classrooms. Profiles of three dedicated and accomplished faculty members are listed below.

Dr. Hilda M. Williamson is the assistant dean of the School of Nursing and an associate professor. She has 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner including 14 years spent working with vulnerable populations. She was also the chief of occupational health and an officer in the US Army Nurse Corps. Her research interests include the use of alternative and complementary practices to manage diabetes and hypertension and the recruitment and retention of students.

Dr. Bertha L. Davis is a professor and the director of the PhD in Nursing program and nurse educator track. She is a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) in the US Army Nurse Corps and the former director of the community mental health psychiatric track. Terry Wright, an assistant professor and a student in a Doctor of Nursing program, conducts research concerning health disparities in African American communities. Before joining Hampton University, she was a clinical nurse specialist and patient safety representative who was part of a team that worked to improve patient outcomes.

Hampton University

Established in 1868, Hampton University is one of the nation's top historically black universities. It's dedicated to promoting learning, building character, and preparing talented students for positions of service and leadership. To this end, it provides a close-knit, holistic learning environment that includes the following resources:

- An extensive array of graduate, liberal arts, and technical degree programs

- Rigorous curricula and excellent teaching

- Relevant professional experiences

- Multiple leadership opportunities

- Emphasis on character development that involves decency, dignity, integrity, respect, and responsibility


Hampton University is located in Hampton, Virginia in the southern region of the United States. Its 314-acre campus is situated along the banks of the Virginia Peninsula in close proximity to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

With a population of approximately 136,400, Hampton offers a wide range of businesses, cultural institutions, dining options, recreational opportunities, and shopping venues. Outdoor recreational options include beaches, boating, fishing, golf, kayaking, and tennis. Attractions include the Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum, Air Power Park, the Charles H. Taylor Cultural Arts Center, Fort Monroe, Grandview Nature Preserve, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Virginia Air and Space Center.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


not requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?



Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time >4 Years
Class Times Both
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Program Accreditation:
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    US students only


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $695 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    60 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost
  • All Students: $695

Location & Contact

Student Contact

College of Continuing Education

Head of Distance Learning

Kim Luckes Dean, University College 757-637-2800
College of Continuing Education PO Box 6162 Hampton VA 23668


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